Cuban migrants reach Florida in engine-powered wooden boat

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Posted: Aug 08, 2012 11:28 AM
Cuban migrants reach Florida in engine-powered wooden boat

MIAMI (Reuters) - Eighteen Cuban migrants landed on a Florida beach on Wednesday after traveling from Cuba in a wooden boat powered by an engine, authorities said.

The 16 men and two women came ashore near Riviera Beach, north of West Palm Beach, said Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"Typically Cubans who attempt this kind of crossover into the United States don't usually end up this far north," he said.

The boat measured 21 feet long and had "some sort of engine adapted to it," Prichard said.

The Cubans arrived in good health and are being interviewed by immigration officials.

Cubans who reach U.S. soil are allowed to remain in the United States under what is known as "wet foot, dry foot" policy. Migrants found at sea are frequently returned to the communist island.

(Reporting by Kevin Gray; Editing by Vicki Allen)