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Craft With 35 People Board Drifted 10 Days, Coast Guard Says

April 16, 1988

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Thirty-five people whose boat drifted for 10 days in the Atlantic Ocean were brought safely to Puerto Rico on Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Lt. Armin Cate, a Coast Guard spokesman, said those rescued from the 35- foot launch included 13 women. He said 30 were from the Dominican Republic, three were from Jamaica and the other two were former residents of Chile. He said some carried false passports.

All of them were reported in relatively good physical condition, although some suffered from exposure. One of the women was pregnant.

Authorities said the craft left the Dutch island of St. Maarten but the craft’s destination was not known. Further details about what happened to the boat were not immediately available.

The boat was spotted Thursday by crewmembers on a sailboat 190 miles north of St. Thomas, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The sailboat’s captain called the U.S. Coast Guard in St. Thomas.

The Coast Guard cutter Nantucket towed the craft to San Juan, and all those aboard were turned over to U.S. Immigration Service officials.

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