August 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Cuban Refugees Saved From Overturned Boat

Compiled From Wire Services

Cuban refugees clinging to an overturned boat were rescued off the Florida Keys on Monday, but help came too late for a woman and infant found floating nearby.

Meanwhile, a Cuban-American group demanded President Clinton let the 27 survivors remain in the United States.

“They have suffered a great deal, they have endured a great tragedy and being sent back to Cuba (they) will most likely face reprisals,” said Fernando Rojas of the Cuban American National Foundation.

The refugees were picked up about 60 miles south of Miami by the Coast Guard, which was alerted by pleasure boaters. Two men who had left the overturned boat in a raft were still missing.

The Coast Guard did not release names, and it was unclear how long the refugees had been at sea in the 22-foot vessel, which was powered by an outboard motor.

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