HAVANA TIMES — A new tragedy of Cuban migrants at sea takes place as we near Christmas. The US Coast Guard reported that it is searching for six Cubans aboard a capsized boat. The vessel was trying to get reach Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic, according to a statement released Monday by the coastal authorities in San Juan, P.R.
The report said the wreck involves three men and three women who sailed from Juan Dolio Beach, in the southeast of the Dominican Republic, on Tuesday December 17. Juan Dolio is a resort near the town of San Pedro de Macoris.
The Coast Guard received information from a relative of the shipwrecked Cubans on Saturday, and since then a rescue team has been searching the area to locate the boat and possible survivors, without finding a trace of them.
The search extends from southern Dominican Republic, the Mona Passage and the waters west of Puerto Rico.
The authorities are requesting any related information be communicated to the Coast Guard Command in the area of ??San Juan, via phone (787) 289-2041.
Since last October 1, US coastal authorities have intercepted at sea a total of 271 Cubans. In fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, the number of Cubans intercepted was 1,357.