9 Cuban migrants rescued by charter boat off Key West

Migrants spent 4 days on remote island

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KEY WEST, Fla. - A Key West boat charter came to the rescue of nine Cuban migrants who had spent four days on a remote island.

Galleon Resort and Marina-based Adventurous Spirit Tours Capt. Mikey Tilson and his charter clients were at Boca Grande Key on Monday morning when three of the migrants walked out of the mangroves. The island is about 10 miles west of Key West and has poor cellphone reception.

Tilson says the migrants were "super excited to see us." His customers gave the migrants water and granola bars.

Tilson alerted the U.S. Coast Guard by radio.

The migrants likely will be allowed to stay in the U.S. under the so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy. Cuban migrants stopped at sea are usually returned home.

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