FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – More than a dozen migrants were stopped before they could reach the shores of Dania Beach.READ MORE: Activists Say Hundreds Of Cuban Protesters Have Been Arrested Since Anti-Regime Demonstrations Broke Out
Their small blue homemade boat, with a tattered sail, was stopped about two miles east of the Dania Beach Pier. Scrawled on the sides of the boat were the words “Dios Delante,” “Brenda,” and “The Best Obama.”READ MORE: Broward County School Board Votes Unanimously To Make Mask Use Mandatory For Start Of School Year
The boat was intercepted by the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The men were given life vests and told to put their hands behind their heads. They complied.
The Coast Guard said the 13 men were from Cuba and would be returned.MORE NEWS: Teen's Death Investigation Continues After No Hazardous Materials Found In West Park Home
They’re the first group interdicted this month as the Coast Guard has seen a dramatic drop in Cubans crossing the ocean since President Obama ended the wet-foot, dry-foot policy in January.