Rescuers Search for Missing Cubans
Nov. 25, 1999
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) _ Rescuers searched the Atlantic Ocean today for 14 Cubans after a man and a woman, badly dehydrated, came ashore on the remnants of makeshift rafts and said others were missing.
Coast Guard officials and Miami-Dade police said the two survivors told them that seven men, six women and a 5-year-old child were also on the three rafts that left Matanzas, Cuba, early Sunday and broke up in rough seas Monday.
``They did say that several people on the boat were seen going under,'' said Miami-Dade police spokesman Ed Munn. ``We are very fearful for their well-being.''
Police received a call shortly before 6:30 a.m. today from fishermen who found the survivors as they came ashore at Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade Sgt. Julie Burmeister said.
The severely sunburned and dehydrated pair told officials they survived by clinging to rubber inner tubes. The man, 33, and woman, 22, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they were listed in fair condition.
An airplane and a helicopter were searching for the others off Key Biscayne, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Sean Benson. Miami-Dade Police Marine Patrol units also were helping in the search.