Two Cuban men who were presumed dead were found off the coast of Bimini
In a shockingly pleasant turn of events, two Cuban men who were lost at sea and presumed dead were rescued off the coast of Bimini in the Bahamas. The pair had been reported last week, and search efforts continued for two days before the US coast guard suspended the search on Sunday.
Nearly 10 miles west of Bimini, a good Samaritan spotted the pair on a homemade paddleboard, fighting to survive. They were then brought aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk at around 5 pm and brought to shore, as authorities confirmed that they had indeed been presumed dead.
The search efforts were suspended on Sunday after two days of continuous searching for the two Cuban men, after which it was presumed that they had not survived the journey. They will most likely be handed over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Ltd. Cmdr. Jason Neiman of the US Coast Guard thanked the efforts of those who found them but highlighted that while this case may have taken a positive turn, these kinds of journeys are more often dangerous than not.
Distraught family members informed authorities that the two Cuban men had been making their way to Key West from Cuba when they lost their way and ended up lost at sea. The journey is a tumultuous one that many undertake for the safety and well-being of their families and to escape an oppressive regime. While this duo got lucky, not all refugees and immigrants are that fortunate. Thousands of people are risking their lives not just these two Cuban men to survive Cuba’s horrific conditions, trying to escape, protest, and fight their way to safety,
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