Cuban migrants rescued 40 miles from shore in The Keys

Cuban migrants rescued off the coast of the Lower Keys. (MCSO)

One migrant is in the hospital, and two others have been released following their rescue at sea in South Florida.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office rescued the three Cuban migrants Saturday afternoon. The men were clinging to a make-shift flotation device about 40 miles from the coast of the Lower Keys.

“They were in bad shape, medically,” Capt. Don Hiller said. “They were dehydrated and had severe sun exposure. One man was semi-conscious. He was in very bad shape. One guy laid down on the deck and just started sobbing. With storms rolling in, our main goal was get them to shore quickly.”

According to the sheriff's office, the men said they were adrift for four days.

Hiller said he came upon the men during a fishing trip with friends. He took them to Coast Guard Station Key West where paramedics took them to a hospital on Stock Island.

The condition of the third man is not known.

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