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24 migrants from Cuba land off Big Pine Key

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon Riggs takes small groups of Cuban migrants ashore in his Sheriff’s Office vessel Monday morning. The migrants were part of a group of 25 who landed on Cook Island, off Big Pine Key.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon Riggs takes small groups of Cuban migrants ashore in his Sheriff’s Office vessel Monday morning. The migrants were part of a group of 25 who landed on Cook Island, off Big Pine Key.

More than 20 migrants from Cuba came ashore the Lower Keys Monday morning.

The group of 24 men and one woman were spotted by a passing boater on Cook Island, off Big Pine Key, around 6:30 a.m., said Deputy Becky Herrin, spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office helped ferry the migrants to the Dolphin Marina on Little Torch Key, where they were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents. They were in good condition, said Herrin.  

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