(BOCA RATON, Florida)– Officials with the US Coast Guard said they’ve rescued nearly 100 Haitian migrants off the Florida Coast.
A Coast Guard helicopter found the migrants floating on a boat about 20 miles east of Boca Raton, Wednesday.
The 40-foot cabin cruiser was filled with 53 men, 35 women, and 10 children.
The passengers told Coast Guard crew members that they had been at sea for a week and lacked food and water during the last two days.
“Smugglers do not care whether you live or die,” said Capt. Robert Kinsey of the Coast Guard’s District Seven, “These people are lucky to be alive.”
The passengers were not injured during their journey.