POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Several Cuban migrants made it to shore in Pompano Beach on Tuesday as weather conditions continued to deteriorate due to Hurricane Ian.
In cell phone video captured by a restaurant employee who works nearby, the people can be seen celebrating as they made it to dry land.
“They came from the side of our restaurant kissing the ground, it was surreal to see,” said Nina Toro.
This all happened Tuesday afternoon in the area of the 200 block of North Pompano Beach Boulevard.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a tweet that the group of seven migrants originated from Cuba.
On the side of their boat written in Spanish was the word “libertad” which translates in English to freedom.
The migrants were taken into custody after they made landfall, authorities said. They were at sea for more than five days.