Fot the last three months, The Yucatan Times has been publishing information regarding Cuban dissidents that get stranded in the Atlantic Ocean, and end up being rescued by the Mexican Navy.
Two weeks ago, two fishing boats were spotted off the coast of Yucalpeten and 22 cubans were rescued. And on Saturday 30th, Mexican fihermen found eight cubans floating in the middle of the ocean on a home-built watercraft made with aluminum sheets, plastic, wood and car parts.
The cuban rafters, 6 men and 2 women, all adults, who fled their country in mid-May, were adrift 300 kilometers (187 miles), northeast of the island of Holbox. They were pushed by strong currents to the shores of the Mexican Caribbean, far from their desired destination: Florida, USA.
The odyssey ended on the morning of Saturday May 30th, when the fishing boat “Pescamex 58”, which is based in Yucalpetén, Yucatán; was out in open sea fishing for grouper (Mero), found the raft adrift and about to sink. The raft was held out by the “Pescamex 58”, while help arrived from the Mexican Navy.
The crew of “Pescamex 58” provided food and water to the Cuban dissidents who literally declared that they fled Cuba due to the “precarious conditions in which they lived”.
The “ARM Baja California” a Navy vessel took the cuban citizens to Mexican shores and handed them over to the authorities of the Mexican Immigration Institute (INM), Office in Merida, Yucatán.
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