US Coast Guard arrests seven Cuban rafters hours before Ian arrives in Florida

MIAMI, United States.- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) detained this Tuesday seven Cuban migrants who arrived in Pompano Beach, in Broward County, amid adverse weather conditions due to Hurricane Ian, which left the coast north of Pinar del Río just a few hours ago.

“Happening now: 7 migrants from Cuba were detained after making landfall in Pompano Beach,” Miami Border Patrol Chief Walter N. Slosar wrote on Twitter, asking migrants not to risk their lives attempting the sea voyage. .

“Storm surge coupled with king tide can create treacherous marine conditions even after a storm passes,” he warned.


Slosar’s statement was accompanied by the image of the boat in which the Cubans arrived: a wooden boat with a motor that was found full of water.

The waves associated with Hurricane Ian, which is currently affecting the northern coast of Cuba and southern Florida, make the journey of migrants an extremely dangerous mission.

This Monday the USCG detained a group of rafters who intended to cross the Florida Straits, while Ian approached the southern coast of Cuba through the Caribbean.

The Cubans were detained by officers from the Isla Morada station in the Florida keys, the Coast Guard explained on Twitter.

“This storm is very unpredictable and these people are lucky to be alive,” the entity said.

Ian made landfall in Cuba as a category 3 hurricane at 4:30 a.m. this Tuesday through the town of La Coloma, in Pinar del Río.

The center of the hurricane was over the provincial capital for an hour and a halfaround 10 in the morning the cyclone left the national territory near Puerto Esperanza, in the municipality of Viñales, according to the Institute of Meteorology (INSMET).

In the 5:00 pm report on Tuesday, September 27, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Ian was 230 miles from Sarasota and issued alerts and warnings for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

On Sunday, the USCG rescued two groups of Cuban rafters when the rustic boats in which they intended to reach the Florida coast began to take on water.

According to US authorities, in the current fiscal year, more than 6,000 Cuban rafters have been rescued by the Coast Guard.

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