US Coast Guard rescues three Cubans from a desert island

A US Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two men and one woman from an uninhabited island where they apparently spent more than a month.

This was reported by representatives of the Coast Guard.

The report said the three people, subsequently identified as citizens of Cuba, were initially seen on Monday by a Coast Guard helicopter flying over an uninhabited island located between the US city of Key West, Florida, and Cuba on routine patrols.

The helicopter crew noticed three people waving their hands. The pilots dropped food, water and radio so that they could establish communication.

The report said the Coast Guard sent a second helicopter on Tuesday to pick them up.

They told the authorities that their boat capsized during the unrest at sea, but they managed to swim to the island.

They ate coconuts, shellfish and rats, according to local media reports.

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