Officials: 2 dozen Cuban migrants encountered after landing in Marathon

Migrant landing in Marathon. (@USBPChiefMIP)

Marathon, Fla. – Federal agents responded to a migrant landing near Marathon on Thursday morning, a top official with the U.S. Border Patrol said.

Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar, who heads the agency’s Miami sector, tweeted officials encountered 24 Cuban migrants after landing on a homemade boat.

Slosar said the group consisted of 20 adults and 4 juveniles.

There were no reported injuries.

On Friday, Local 10 News reported that landings in South Florida were up more than 200% since the beginning of October.

That number is now up to 450%, officials say.

According to the U.S. Border Patrol, officials have responded to 54 migrant landings since Oct. 1, with more than 450 migrants detained after landing in South Florida.

Federal officials also continue to intercept large numbers of migrant vessels at sea.

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