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20 migrants found stranded on uninhabited islands west of Florida keys 

Chief Patrol Agent Slosar has been documenting the dangerous vessels the migrants use to make the dangerous journey from their homeland to the U.S.

Migrants stranded near Florida Keys
Migrantes varados cerca de los Cayos de Florida | @USBPChiefMIP

June 15, 2022 2:56pm

Updated: June 15, 2022 5:48pm

Border Patrol agents found 20 migrants on Monday and Tuesday who had become stranded on uninhabited islands west of the Florida Keys, reported Local 10 News. 

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection rescued eight migrants on Tuesday in the Marquesas Keys, about 20 miles west of Key West, reported Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar. 

“Good Samaritans encountered the migrants & notified authorities,” tweeted Slosar. 

At around 12:00 p.m. on Monday, 12 other migrants were found in the same area, which is about 20 miles west of Key West, added Slosar. He added that the group of undocumented migrants included nine adult males and three adult females. 

Slosar had reported an additional 19 migrants from Cuba that were rescued by the Coast Guard on Saturday. The migrants had become stranded on the Dry Tortugas Islands, about 70 miles west of Key West. 

The group allegedly spent five days at sea on their makeshift vessel after its engine failed. 

On his Twitter account, Slosar has been documenting the dangerous vessels the migrants use to make the dangerous journey from their homeland to the U.S.

According to federal data, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seen a surge of encounters with migrants from Haiti and Cuba. As of May of this year, CBP has intercepted 140,000 migrants from the two countries, compared to 88,000 last year.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard repatriated 52 people to Cuba, after intercepting six vessels off the Florida Keys. 

"Don't take to the sea," said Lt. Simon JuulHindsgaul, Coast Guard Seventh District. "The possibility of being stopped by Coast Guard crews while illegally migrating through the Caribbean Sea is high."