Border officials: 15 Cubans in homemade vessel arrive on island near Key West

A homemade boat containing 15 Cuban migrants landed on an island in the Florida Keys on Saturday, border officials said.

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Adam Hoffner, division chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami, said the boat, which had 12 men and three women on board, landed on an island near Key West, the Miami Herald reported.

Hoffner said border patrol agents and law enforcement officers originally received a tip about a “maritime smuggling event” in Key West, according to the newspaper.

Officials learned the passengers on the 15-foot vessel had come to the Keys from Havana, the Herald reported.

They were found on land on an uninhabited island east of Key West, WSVN-TV reported.

The vessel was equipped with 55-gallon drums for flotation and had a diesel inboard engine, Hoffner told the Herald.

No injuries were reported, officials said.

During the current fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, agents have responded to 78 “maritime smuggling events” that have made landfall in Florida, the Herald reported, citing the U.S. Border Patrol’s Miami Division.