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Cubans Land at Southernmost Landmark in Key West

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    Tourists pose for photographs next to the large concrete bouy that indicates the southernmost point of the continental U.S. at the corner of South and Whitehead streets August 5, 2006 in Key West, Florida.

    Police in Key West say Cuban migrants landed early Wednesday at a tourist attraction marking the southernmost point in the continental United States.

    Officer Matthew Hansell reported that three men and three women tied their fishing boat to the red, black and yellow buoy where streams of people pose for pictures daily.

    He said none required medical attention after coming ashore. Immigration authorities were notified, but under the federal "wet foot, dry foot" policy, Cubans who reach U.S. soil are generally allowed to remain in this country. Those intercepted at sea usually go back.

    Groups of migrants from the Caribbean regularly come ashore in Florida. One Tuesday, two dozen Cubans landed on an island in Miami-Dade County.