Migrants Land in Florida State Park, Coast Guard Searching for Smugglers

FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Coast Guard has been searching for a possible migrant smuggling vessel in the vicinity of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., since 2:30 p.m. today.

Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach, in Ft. Myers, Fla., received a call from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at about 2 p.m. today, reporting the landing of one female and six male Cuban migrants on the gulf side of the uninhabited island of Cayo Costa State Park, located at the entrance of Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

It is unknown how long the migrants were on shore before the Cayo Costa Park Rangers located them. No medical concerns were reported. The migrants are currently being transferred to Station Ft. Myers Beach where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will take custody of the group.

A 41-foot response boat from Station Ft. Myers Beach, the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, home ported in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., and units from CBP, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cape Coral Police Department, are currently searching the area for the possible smuggling vessel.

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