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The search for Cuban migrants remains alive

The United States Coast Guard continues its search this Thursday for twenty Cubans who disappeared in a shipwreck that occurred this Wednesday in the Florida Keys in the midst of the emergency caused by Hurricane Ian, and after spending “days” on the high seas with waves of up to 15 meters, according to what one of the castaways told a local media.

“It’s dangerous, but freedom is worth more than the danger we run,” one of the rescued Cubans told local television WPLG on Thursday. This is one of the three Cuban shipwrecks rescued and detained by the Coast Guard at sea, near Florida, after the event. Four others traveling in the same boat managed to reach land by themselves and were also detained by US authorities.

The trip through the Straits of Florida occurred when Hurricane Ian was approaching this peninsula, where it made landfall this Wednesday on the west coast with category 4. According to the Cuban interviewed, who was not identified but did speak on camera, they had five days at sea at the time of the shipwreck, since, according to what he said, the group of more than 20 people had left Cuba last Friday.

They were stranded “two days and two nights near the coast of Cuba and they did not rescue us,” he said, referring to the island’s authorities. With information from Eph.