Guantanamo Bay

8 Cuban Migrants Come Ashore at Bal Harbour

A group of eight Cuban migrants came ashore in Bal Harbour Tuesday morning after surviving 11 days at sea.

A man and woman witnessed the homemade wooden boat coming ashore just before 4:30 a.m. in the area of 96th Street and Collins Avenue.

"She's like 'oh my God, I think it's a boat,'" said Michael Henao, who was with Nicole Brandon when they spotted the boat. "You start seeing these shadows, like a bunch of people running out of it, and there was a fair amount of shadows."

The men, who range in age from 40 to 48, said they came from Bahia de Sagua de Tanamo, an area north of Guantanamo Bay. The men claim to have been at sea for 11 days and say they survived on crackers and dumping water.

The men were examined and provided medical care before being picked up by Customs and Border Protection officials.

"Miami-Dade Fire Rescue examined them and they were all in good shape," Bal Harbour Police Capt. Miguel de la Rosa said. "The St. Regis provided them with water and some towels."

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

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