Seven Cuban migrants with gunshot injuries interdicted at sea

By Danielle Haynes  |  March 27, 2016 at 4:27 PM
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STOCK ISLAND, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard discovered seven Cuban migrants on a makeshift raft at sea, all with gunshot injuries.

Emergency officials transported the migrants to the Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island, Fla., and six of the more seriously injured were airlifted to Miami hospitals. They were interdicted Saturday on a raft, along with 19 other people who weren't injured.

The U.S. Coast Guard District 7 public affairs office said those without injuries would likely be repatriated to Cuba.

"The U.S. Coast Guard works hard to ensure the safety of migrants on our cutters after an interdiction and strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea," a statement from the Coast Guard said. "These trips are extremely dangerous and could lead to loss of life."

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