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Agent: Cuban Defectors Found Alive

March 22, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ Four Cuban baseball players and a coach who defected from the communist island more than a week ago were found alive on a small Bahamian island by the crew of a fishing vessel, a baseball agent said Saturday.

Joe Cubas, an agent who has helped several Cuban baseball players flee the island, said the five were spotted by a Bahamian fishing boat on Ragged Island. They were taken aboard the boat Friday afternoon and turned over to the Bahamian Coast Guard, said Cubas, who said he has talked to two of the players by phone.

In addition to the four players and the coach, four other Cubans were stranded on the island, and also were rescued, Cubas said.

Teresa Moxey Ingraham, the Bahamian immigration minister, was not home Saturday night to comment immediately, her husband said.

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