April 29, 2016

Two migrant landings in the Keys

Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene of two Cuban migrant landings today.

This morning, at about 5 a.m. Sheriff’s dispatchers received a report from Harry Harris Park in Tavernier of a group of Cuban migrants by the boat ramp in the subdivision. When deputies arrived, they found 12 Cuban males in good condition, slightly dehydrated. Customs and Border Protection officers responded, taking custody of the men. The 15 foot long boat they arrived in was near the dock by the boat ramp.

At 11 a.m. Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call reporting a group of Cuban migrants on a small island offshore of Geiger Key. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded and transported a deputy to the island; the group of 7 men on the island were brought to shore. They were in good condition and were held until CBP could respond to take custody of them.

In the pictures: Deputy Luis Sanchez stands with the group of 12 migrants who arrived in Tavernier in a 15 foot boat. Deputy Aaron Roddy is shown on a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission vessel bringing 7 Cuban migrants to shore on Geiger Key at 11 a.m. Thanks to Deputy Deanna Torres and Deputy Josh Gordon for sharing the pictures with us.


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