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Sailors rescue 8 aboard makeshift vessel off Isla Contoy

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Navy sailors were busy Thursday carrying out the rescue of eight Cuban nationals. Their boat was found adrift near Isla Contoy Thursday afternoon.

They were located aboard a makeshift vessel by Mexican sailors in Isla Contoy National Park waters in the municipality of Isla Mujeres.

The eight Cubans were pulled aboard the Navy vessel. Their boat was reported to authorities after being spotted by area fishermen.

Mexican personnel attend to the 8 Cubans found adrift off Isla Contoy. Photo: Semar January 4, 2024.

The eight Cuban nationals were returned to Puerto Juárez where they were met by National Migration Institute (INM) authorities. The Secretary of the Navy did not say where their final destination was or how long they’d been at sea.