If at first
you don’t succeed …
A group of
12 Cuban refugees who turned a truck into a boat and set sail for
Florida has been stymied in their second attempt to make it to the
United States, The Associated Press reported Sept. 30.
across the country reported on the group in late July, when they
took a 1951 Chevy truck, strapped on some air-filled 55-gallon drums,
put a propeller on the driveshaft and set sail for Florida.
the group’s low-tech James Bond routine was discovered, and they
were picked up by the Coast Guard 40 miles short of their goal,
having crossed most of the distance between the Communist island
nation and the Florida coast.
Under a policy
established during the Clinton administration, if Cuban refugees
make it to American soil, they are allowed to stay. If caught on
the ocean, they are returned to Cuba.
in using a truck to cross the ocean – a predictable result for less
creative people – the group applied for legal visas that would allow
them to emigrate to the United States.
Last week, The AP said, the group began to receive letters denying their
requests for the visas.
really disappointed," said Eduardo Perez, a truck-boat passenger.
The truck was
doing about 8 mph when it was discovered by airborne officers July
18. It wasn't hard to spot – the truck is bright green, the tarp
covering the bed was bright yellow and the barrels keeping it afloat
After the Cubans
were taken off, it was deemed a "hazard to navigation,"
and sank, Reuters news service reported.
wide variety of boats used by Cuban emigrants in years past, the
boat still stands out as unique.
come across any vehicles like that before," Coast Guard Petty
Officer Ryan Doss told reporters.