Cuban survives, 9 vanish after boat capsizes off Lake Worth Beach

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard was searching for survivors on Tuesday off Lake Worth Beach after a boat with Cuban migrants capsized.

A good Samaritan rescued a survivor on Sunday who reported he had made the voyage from Cuba with nine others.

Somali Guzman, who lives in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, said her niece Dianelis Diaz and Carlos Fuentes were likely among the nine.

“We are destroyed. They have two little children. One who is four and the other who is five,” Guzman said in Spanish.

The relatives of migrants who left in three boats on Dec. 10, in Matanzas, Cuba, were waiting for news in anguish.

Elaine Gonzalez, who lives in South Florida, was waiting for Lazaro Comas and she ran to the beach when she heard of the ongoing search.

“It’s incredibly frustrating. We can’t even sleep,” Gonzalez said in Spanish.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not identify the survivor rescued. Witnesses reported seeing less U.S. Coast Guard activity in the area on Tuesday than on Monday.


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