Coast Guard continues search for missing Cuban migrants

Robert YeredMIAMI — The Coast Guard continues searching Tuesday for survivors who were reported missing Monday by three Cuban migrants found on an island in the vicinity of Big Pine Key.

The three men reported they left Cuba on Sept. 20 with 23 people aboard a rustic vessel and that the vessel capsized Sept. 21.

The three bodies located Saturday 23 miles southeast of Islamorada have been confirmed as being part of the group. A woman’s body located Monday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission near Big Munson Island was also confirmed as being part of the group.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recovered a man’s body Saturday from Ramrod Key. Determination if the man was part of the group is under investigation.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 airplane crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered crew are searching for survivors.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crews, Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews and the Coast Guard Cutter Shrike crew have also assisted with the search.

The Coast Guard has searched more than 9,260 square miles since Saturday, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire.

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