Coast Guard searching for 2 Cuban migrants from capsized vessel off Florida Keys

A US Coast Guard boat patrolling the ocean. ((Tamilisa Miner, Tamilisa Miner))

MARATHON, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for 2 Cuban migrants about 40 miles off Boot Key after a vessel capsized on Tuesday.

According to the Coast Guard, a good Samaritan rescued 19 people from the water. There were reportedly 21 people on the vessel.

“Four migrants were transported to Emergency Medical Services,” the agency tweeted.

The search and rescue efforts come amid an upsurge in Cuban migration to South Florida.

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Ryan Mackey is a Digital Journalist at WPLG. He was born in Long Island, New York, and has lived in Sunrise, Florida since 1994.