More than a dozen Cuban migrants landed in two boats Sunday morning in South Florida, according to authorities.
At 9 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agencies responded to a migrant landing in Golden Beach, Miami Division Chief Adam Hoffner said in an email.
The group of six men reported that they swam to safety after their homemade boat overturned near the shoreline in northeast Miami-Dade County. The men also told authorities they spent over a week at sea.
“Our agents along with state, federal, and local law enforcement partners arrived quickly on scene and conducted a medical screening of the migrants,” Hoffner said. “Fortunately, there were no injuries associated with this event.”
Hours earlier, around 2:30 a.m., agents responded to a separate migrant landing in Big Pine Key, where 10 Cuban men had landed near the Sunshine Key Resort in a homemade vessel. There were no injuries despite the boat being in poor condition, according to Hoffner.
All 16 men were taken into federal custody and will be processed for removal proceedings.
“We urge migrants to not risk their lives by attempting these dangerous voyages,” Hoffner said.