Six Rafters Arrive in Florida on a Rustic Boat Named ‘Barack Obama’ / 14ymedio

The arrival of the rafters.
The arrival of the rafters.

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 7 June 2016 — A group of six Cuban migrants arrived on Monday night along the coast of Lauderdale By-the-Sea, Florida, in a precarious craft, according to the local media. Among them was a pregnant woman who was treated by medical services as a precautionary measure.

The rafters crossed the Florida Straits aboard a rustic boat covered with metal plates that they had baptized Barack Obama, which could be read on the side.

The Cubans, who are in good health despite spending nine days adrift, came from Nuevitas, Camagüey.

A witness quoted by the Sun Sentinel newspaper saw the arrival of the migrants from the beach. “We thought it was someone surfing, but then we saw several people. They were paddling like crazy,” she said.