May 16, 1997
Three Cubans dead, two missing from boat
MIAMI (Reuter) - Three Cubans died and two were missing
at sea from a group of 14 trying to cross to Florida in a
20-foot sailing boat, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
The other nine were rescued by Coast Guard helicopters
after pilots with the volunteer search group Brothers to the
Rescue spotted them on Dog Rocks, a Bahamian island near the
Cay Sal Bank.
The survivors suffered from cuts, dehydration and
exposure, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Woodring said. Some of
them -- two women and four children -- were taken to a
hospital in Marathon, Florida. The other survivors, three
men, were still aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas late
The group told the Coast Guard they left Cuba in the
sailboat for Florida 17 days ago. They became stranded on
Dog Rocks, where a woman and two girls from the group died
and were buried.
The survivors said the two missing men set out in a
raft from Dog Rocks two days ago.
``Those two have not been seen since, so now we are
searching for the two missing in the raft,'' Woodring said.