Webcam In Key West Captures Arrival Of Six Cuban Migrants On A Dive Boat
Tourists lining up for photos at the Southernmost Point in Key West Wednesday morning had an unusual backdrop for their photos - a dive boat that brought six Cuban migrants to the U.S.
Archives from a webcam appear to show the boat arriving around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Key West Police Department, the group included three men and three women.
The group tied up to the colorful buoy at the end of Whitehead Street and walked down to Duval Street. Police located them "right away," according to a release from the police department. All were reported in good condition.
The boat sustained minor damage from rocks and the US Coast Guard was cleaning a "small fuel leak," according to police.
The webcam located at the Southernmost Point marker, at the corner of South and Whitehead streets in Key west, caught the arrival of the migrants at 12:45 am.
Two of the travelers started tied the boat at 12:46 am while a group of people watched.
The migrants talked to several individuals who were in the area where they landed in Key West.
At 1:08 am the migrants were still around the boat. One individual is seen on the webcam examining a map of the area.
But the newly-arrived migrants wandered away from the boat (and the camera) at 1:10 am.
At 1:40 am the webcam showed the arrival of the first police officers, who approached the boat with lanterns.
UPDATE: Heavy rains in the Keys during the night of July 13, combined with possible hull damage, sunk the fishing boat at the Truman Waterfront boat ramp.
Officers of the Key West Police Department worked along with a salvage company to get the boat out of the water by the afternoon of Thursday July 14th.