13 Cubans rescued, 7 missing from Key West

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Coast Guard’s Cutter Tethys crew will deploy a small boat of Cutter to rescue people in waters approximately 32 miles southeast of Key West, Florida. (US Coast Guard via AP)

Key West, Florida — Officials said the US Coast Guard and the Parable of the Good Samarites rescued 13 people after a boat overturned from Key West when a tropical cyclone Elsa approached.

Nine men and four women boarded the Coast Guard’s Cutter Tethys, about 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Key West, Tuesday afternoon, officials said in a news release.

The crew interviewed a survivor who said he had left Cuba with 22 people on a boat around 8 pm on Monday. They told the Coast Guard that seven men and two women were missing in the water.

The West Carmen crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Key West guards around 1:30 pm on Tuesday and reported that four were found underwater.

Tropical Cyclone Elsa crossed Cuba on Tuesday morning before entering the Gulf of Mexico and struck the area with wind and rain.

Coast Guard cutters Thetis and William Trump’s crew stayed in the area to search for the missing, officials said.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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