wplg logo

Cubans on ‘styrofoam vessel’ picked up off shore of Aventura

Marine patrol units responded to reports of several people on rafts not far from Sunny Isles Beach.

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. – Four Cubans on a “styrofoam vessel” were rescued about five miles east of Aventura on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

They were picked up by a Coast Guard cutter around 2:15 p.m.

Three were on the vessel and authorities say a good Samaritan helped rescue one Cuban who jumped into the water.

“The four Cubans have no medical concerns and reported leaving Cuba seven days ago,” the Coast Guard said in a statement. “The Coast Guard will be working with interagency partners to work through the standard disposition process.”

About the Author:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.