Fate Unknown of 20 Cubans Lost at Sea

US Coast Guard ship.
US Coast Guard ship.

HAVANA TIMES – The United States Coast Guard launched an operation by air and sea to try and locate possible survivors of a new Cuban tragedy, reported voanews.com.

An HC-144 aircraft and a ship of the naval air station of the Coast Guard based in Miami are looking for a missing group of Cubans in Florida waters.

The coastguard was alerted of the wreck of the rustic boat with 23 boat people on board, thanks to three Cubans who were found on Big Pine Key, at the southern end of the state.

The three survivors told authorities that the group had left Cuba last Tuesday and that their boat overturned the following day, but other details of the wreck are not made available.

13 thoughts on “Fate Unknown of 20 Cubans Lost at Sea

  • I seen many people hunger in Cuba. Doctors with out basic items to treat people with that farmers in Canada have to teat a sick pig or cow. Milk is too expensive for most people in Cuba to even think of buying. The police are very nice when tourists are around. Things are better in Cuba than some other countries but I would not say people live near as good as in the U.S.

  • I think there is a difference between being trapped during 9-11 and living in a country where people want to go for greener pastures. That is a very dumb analogy.

  • Living conditions in Cuba may not be as good as ours but in my few visits to Cuba, I saw a sense of community among the people that I have not seen any place else in the world. If someone runs out of an item, such as milk, they can always go to a neighbor for things they need. I stayed in casa particulares and I did not see anyone being harassed or abused by the police or being spied upon by their neighbors. I saw less of a police presence there than in many areas of the U.S. Most of the people I saw were well dressed and they did not look like they were starving. I have been to many countries much poorer than Cuba, such as parts of India, Nepal, and the Dominican Republic.

  • ….a sign of desperation.

  • I don’t blame the victim as much as I blame the U.S government for not repealing the moronic Cuban Adjustment Act which encourages Cubans to flee.

  • One man’s dumb decision is another man’s desperate decision. I am reminded of those poor souls trapped on the 85th floor of the North Tower on 9/11. With the fire raging at their backs, some chose to jump to certain death. Dumb decision?

  • Curt,

    Consider yourself fortunate enough to not live in a country ruled by a brutal military dictatorship, forced to live off a salary of $20 per month, to line up for low quality rations, to have to bribe, doctors and petty officials, to live in an apartment crumbling around you, to be spied upon daily buy the neighbourhood CDR, to be harassed and abused by police, and to be snitched on by neighbours.

    Because unless and until you live in Cuba under the conditions the vast majority of Cubans endure, you are not entitled to pass judgement on those who try to leave their hellhole.

  • What you are doing is called Blaming the Victim.

  • I never said or meant anything that they deserve to die. I just think they are foolish to risk their lives.

  • Curt, how do you know the reasons why these people left Cuba? I personally know people that have left for many different reasons. Your let them die since they deserve it is disgusting. I hope some day if you find yourself in a precarious situation that others will show you their concern for humanitarian reasons.

  • Those dumb enough to try to cross the Florida Straits in inferior boats should be held accountable. Those people are not fleeing out of desperation but because they want more material things or they want to commit insurance and other scams. They are also fleeing due to the archaic and criminal Cuban Adjustment Act which unjustly gives Cubans preferential treatment.

  • What a tragedy! The Castros and their failed revolution should be held to account for these horrible losses

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