What to Know
- Two Cuban migrants landed on the shores of Miami Beach Thursday morning, seeking freedom in America.
Two Cuban migrants came ashore on Miami Beach Thursday morning, the latest to make the journey in recent weeks.
The migrants landed on the beach near 41st Street and Collins Avenue after four days at sea. They notified a lifeguard they had just arrived after sailing from Cuba.
They were transferred to Miami Beach police headquarters while Border Patrol officials were called in. Both are reportedly in good condition and will be allowed to stay under the “Wet foot, Dry foot” policy in the United States for those who arrive from Cuba.
A couple who was visiting from Virginia couldn't believe their eyes when they saw the men come ashore.
"They were kicking the sand saying 'Miami, Miami,'" Tori Ford said.
"As soon as they hit where these waves are breaking they jumped out of their boat, threw their oars and came running straight up to us," Nick Novak said.
Just two days ago, 14 migrants arrived near Tavernier in Monroe County. And on Wednesday, the Coast Guard repatriated 50 migrants that were intercepted at sea.
According to the Coast Guard, the number of Cuban migrants has increased lately. Since October 1, 5,043 Cubans have attempted to illegally come to the country by sea, compared to 4,473 in 2015.