MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Fourteen Cuban immigrants adrift at sea for 10 days and suffering from severe dehydration were rescued by the Coast Guard and taken to hospitals Friday.

The 12 men and two women were aboard a rickety boat about seven miles offshore northeast of Miami when they were rescued by the Coast Guard, which was notified by a passing freighter. Eight were unconscious when the Coast Guard arrived, according to Petty Officer Danielle DeMarino.

Eight men and woman were in stable condition. Four men and a woman were in serious condition late Friday.

The Cubans told the Coast Guard they had been adrift for 10 days.

Under current U.S. immigration policy, Cuban refugees who reach land usually are allowed to remain in the country. Those intercepted before setting foot on U.S. soil usually are returned to Cuba.