Staff of the Navy located a makeshift boat in which 8 men, 6 women and a minor were traveling
A group of 14 Cuban citizens traveling in a homemade boat, near the coast of Yucatan were rescued by staff of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (SEMAR).
The agency reported that the rescue began Monday afternoon, when an aircraft of the Navy conducted a surveillance flight, in which the boat was sighted 7.4 kilometers (4.5 miles) north of El Cuyo, Yucatan.
A Search and Rescue boat from the Naval Station was ordered to go to the coordinates indicated by the aircraft personnel to conduct the rescue operation.
The surveillance work of the Fifth Naval District, located in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo allowed the detection and rescue of these Cuban citizens.
The Navy vessel located the fragile boat and proceeded to the rescue of 13 adults, eight men, six women, and one minor. As part of Human Rights International Protocols, the Cuban citizens were provided with medical care, food and water.
After reaching land at Naval Station in Puerto Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexican Navy officials confirmed the good health of the 14 people, and they were handed over to the authorities of the National Migration Institute, for the corresponding legal proceedings.
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