Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants after vessel sinks in the Caribbean

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MIAMI — An aircrew with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., rescued 12 Cuban migrants after their vessel sank in the Caribbean Sea Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center received a report at approximately 10 a.m. of migrants suffering from dehydration and were stranded on Lobos Cay Island, Bahamas, after their vessel sank. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-144 Ocean Sentry and an MH-60 aircraft launched to search.

Upon arriving on scene, the aircrew aboard the HC-144 dropped emergency supplies consisting of food, water and a radio. The MH-60 aircrew landed and safely embarked the migrants and transferred the migrants to Bahamian officials in Nassau, Bahamas.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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