11 armed Cuban migrants arrive on Hollywood Beach
Migrants seen with large knives, threatening to harm themselves
DANIA BEACH, Fla. – A crowd of about 200 cheered Saturday as a group of 11 Cuban migrants, some of whom were armed, arrived on Hollywood Beach, authorities said.
The migrants came ashore just hours after another group of Cuban migrants made it to Key Biscayne.
The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted the migrants at sea, according to a news release, and made multiple attempts to divert the boat from coming to shore.
"The migrants were observed to be armed with machetes and large knives and were threatening to harm themselves if their boat was stopped," Hollywood police Officer Meredith Elrich said in the release.
The migrants eventually jumped out of the boat and made their way to shore, police said.
One of the migrants was stunned with a Taser after he ran toward a Hollywood officer, who believed the migrant may have been armed.
"From what I understand, every time law enforcement approached and tried to get near them, they were threatening themselves," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Tyson Matthews said.
All of the migrants were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation and were treated for dehydration. They remain in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Under the U.S. "wet foot, dry foot" policy, Cubans who are intercepted at sea are typically sent back, while those who reach land are typically allowed to stay.
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