Coast Guard: Cuban Migrants Come Down Off Keys Lighthouse After Standoff


POWERFUL MESSAGE. OFF THE TOP WE ARE FOLLOWING A DEVELOPING STORY OUT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS. 19 CUBAN MIGRANTS ON TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE JUST BROUGHT DOWN SAFELY. THE CUBANS CLIMBED THE 109 FORT SUGARLOAF STRUCTURE ON SUGARLOAF KEY TODAY. RUDABEH SHAHBAZI IS LIVE IN THE CONTROL ROOM WITH THE LATEST. Reporter: A GOOD SAMARITAN REPORTED THE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN ON THE TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE AROUND 9 AM THIS MORNING. THIS IS VIDEO FROM CHOPPER 4 AS THE CUBANS BEFORE THEY CAME DOWN FROM THE AMERICAN SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE AND WERE PUT ON A COAST GUARD BOAT. THEY SAID THE GROUP CLIMBED 109 FOOT STRUCTURE AFTER SWIMMING AWAY FROM THEIR HOMEMADE VESSEL. THE LIGHTHOUSE IS OWNED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA BUT IT IS IN FEDERAL WATERS. THAT STARTS EMAILS FROM THE SHORT. ONCE AGAIN AFTER A LONG STANDOFF THAT YOU BEEN MIGRANTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY. BORDER CONTROL TELLS US THEY ARE BEING BROUGHT TO THE STATION AND MARATHON BUT THE COAST GUARD SAYS THE WILL BE QUESTIONED ON THE CUTTER.

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