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  • Submitted by: Camila
  • 10 / 30 / 2014

The US Coast Guard rescued last Wednesday 33 Cuban migrants from an overloaded boat off the southeast coast of Florida. Also just two days ago another 11 Cubans were saved from the waters off Miami.

Some of the 33 people jumped into the water when they were spotted in the morning about 11 miles east of Boca Raton, Florida, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

"The emigrants were on board in a small boat from the Coast Guard and transferred securely to a Coast Guard ship to basic medical care if needed," added the statement.

Two men are still missing from the group found on Monday. The Coast Guard is still looking around the waters of southeast Florida coast. Cubans rescued on Monday said they had spent over a week trying to cross the Straits of Florida.

According to Coast Guard estimates, 3,722 Cubans tried to illegally reach the Florida coast by sea in the 12 months ending in September, an increase of 1,500 over the previous year.

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