A group of Cuban rafters reached the shores of South Florida despite Hurricane Elsa.

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The arrival was captured on video by a neighbor in the area, amazed by the feat. People fled as soon as they landed on the beaches of Hallandale Beach.

A group of Cuban rafters arrived on the South Florida coast on Tuesday, hours after the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa, as captured by videos of people on the beach.

In the images, it can be seen that they are at least five people who escaped as soon as they touched the mainland, at around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Local sites reported that people disembarked and walked to the beach" happy and laughing" while asking how to get to Miami Beach.

According to the El Nuevo Herald site, the rafters landed in Hallandale Beach, a city north of Miami.

The Border Patrol, which arrived a half-hour after the Cubans arrived, said it had found the boat in which the group arrived, but no arrests have been reported so far.

In the video, the person filming impressed with the arrival of the immigrants has heard: "Brother (brother) I can't believe it, a raft has just arrived from Cuba, look at that, they made it. They came from Cuba in a boat".

During the current fiscal year beginning October 1, Cuban rafters held a total of 512 at sea, the highest number since the suspension of dry feet / wet feet in January 2017. The same it gave them protection as refugees once they touched American soil.

The number is almost 11 times higher than the 49 Cubans captured at sea in 2020 in just seven months and exceeding the 313 intercepted in 2019 and 259 in 2018.

According to El Herald, the Cuban government reported that more than 500 Cuban citizens had been returned from the United States so far this year.

Weeks ago, two Cuban rafters died and then disappeared in one of the most recent attempts by Cubans to cross the Straits of Florida in improvised boats in a new wave of migrants fleeing the economic crisis.

"We are sunburned and traumatized. Because many of us, when we talked about saving ourselves, we lost our minds, we were exposed. Andrew Corcho, one of the eight survivors, told a Florida Spanish television station.

The Granma newspaper, the official organ of the Cuban Communist Party, affirmed that the measures maintained by the United States encourage Cubans to leave "irregularly for American territory, putting their lives at risk."

The US minimized activity and staff at its embassy in Havana. We diverted consular services to third countries after nearly thirty US diplomats suffered mysterious "health incidents" in 2017, the reasons for which have not yet been clarified.

Meanwhile, the internal crisis in Cuba is deepening. The island is experiencing its worst crisis in 30 years, with serious problems of shortage of food and basic products. The regime has responded by increasing the repression against dissidents, entrepreneurs, artists, and human rights activists.