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Cuban refugee windsurfs to Florida (one of three survives)
PanAm Post ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Staff Writers

Posted on 02/22/2014 9:21:44 AM PST by Prospero

Three Cuban men attempted to windsurf to Florida on Tuesday, crossing the shark-infested and notoriously turbulent Florida Straits to escape communist rule. Henry Vergara Negrin was the only member of a group leaving Jibacoa (near Havana) to arrive in Florida. Negrin is also the first documented windsurfer to safely reach Florida soil in 20 years.

He arrived at the luxurious Reach Resort in Key West 9.5 hours later, after traveling almost 97 miles, and was immediately aided by hotel staff. He was briefly hospitalized, and will be allowed to stay in the United States because of a provision in the Cuban Adjustment Act.

With Negrin at the start of his journey were an “Amando” (aged 28) and “Dwarta” (23). Negrin lost sight of his companions four hours into the journey. Dwarta was found “disoriented and drifting” on February 20, and the US Coast Guard was still searching for the third man as of last night.

The provision in the Cuban Adjustment Act that will allow Negrin to stay stipulates that those intercepted at sea will be returned to their home or another country.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cuba; cuban; florida; windsurf
Not many braving those sharks to return.
1 posted on 02/22/2014 9:21:44 AM PST by Prospero
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To: Prospero

What a story. Prayers for those lost at sea.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 9:25:17 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Prospero

I wish there was a picture of the sailboard.
You know it was a cobbled together home made contraption.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 9:27:33 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Maybe they used the hood of a 57 Chevy?


4 posted on 02/22/2014 9:29:02 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: Prospero

Looks like Dwarta survived. He gets to try it again once we send him back.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 9:32:39 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Prospero

Apparently they actually DO have sailboards in Cuba but they are in bad shape.

http://hitthewave.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/1984/


6 posted on 02/22/2014 9:33:48 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: ColdOne

See post #6


7 posted on 02/22/2014 9:34:16 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Prospero

Wow, that’s one tough dude to pull that off. Props to him and prayers for his friends who didn’t make it.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 9:34:59 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: All

Apparently others have done this, but none made the entire trip on the sailboard.
They were rescued at sea.

See Post #6


9 posted on 02/22/2014 9:41:03 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Theoria

I had heard that if a Cuban actually makes it onto US soil he gets to stay, but if intercepted while still in the water he goes back. Guess that rule is still in effect ( except for Elian Gonzales).


10 posted on 02/22/2014 9:43:27 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: House Atreides

Amen to what you said.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 9:44:49 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Prospero

we were invaded by Cuba and 0bama’s navy didn’t know?

guess they were too busy playing hide the submarine these days.

welcome to the PC fleet


12 posted on 02/22/2014 9:46:25 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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13 posted on 02/22/2014 9:49:18 AM PST by RedMDer
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To: Prospero

Hey I don’t get it!?! Why o why would any one want to risk their lives just to get to this bigoted, capitalistic country? We are SOOOO bad, we disapprove of our president just cuz he is black, don’t ya know!(obvious sarcasm alert)
By the by, we just returned from a Disney cruise in the Caribbean, our ship rescued 6 Cubans who were traveling in what looked like a large Styrofoam boat. They all got sent back.


14 posted on 02/22/2014 9:49:36 AM PST by coloradomomba (Lord God...please use me.)
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To: Prospero
Too bad it wasn't Elian. But I'd wait until a republican is president young man.
15 posted on 02/22/2014 9:50:30 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: Prospero
I'm surprised the Cubans haven't found John Kerry washed up on their shore.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 10:01:43 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: coloradomomba
An American Cruise ship, skippered by a American is not American soil ?

cAN A pRINCESS CAPTAIN MARRY A COUPLE /

jUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT POPPED INTO MY HEAD WHEN I READ THE RESCUED WERE SENT BACK.

damned caps lock

17 posted on 02/22/2014 10:05:26 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

Most cruise ships are not on American registry—think Liberia instead. So, this would likely not have counted as American soil.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 10:15:42 AM PST by dinodino
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To: mylife; Prospero

PHOTO: [accurate, I have no idea]

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/02/20/cuban-migrant-makes-it-to-us-by-windsurfing-across-florida-straits-two-more/

Cuban migrant lost while windsurfing found adrift

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/21/3950791/cuban-migrant-lost-while-windsurfing.html##storylink=cpy
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/21/3950791/cuban-migrant-lost-while-windsurfing.html#


19 posted on 02/22/2014 10:20:59 AM PST by deport
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To: McGruff

Elian loves Castro.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 10:34:56 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Prospero

Lost his 2 friends though, which is sad


21 posted on 02/22/2014 11:17:44 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: coloradomomba

could we give FREE flights to any Libs and minorities that are soooo disapointed with this country???I bet we could get unlimited donations from conservative American citizens!

Of course, they would have to have Cuban citizenship and not come back!!


22 posted on 02/22/2014 11:31:02 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Prospero
He arrived at the luxurious Reach Resort in Key West...

Is Scott Boras involved?

23 posted on 02/22/2014 1:15:44 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Prospero

I will never forget being in Key Largo in 1994 when a old cast iron bathtub surrounded by innertubes, and a pole stuck into the drain for a mast with a bedsheet for a sail landed with 6 Cubans.


24 posted on 02/22/2014 1:47:58 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Prospero

Facing death to leave a communist country to come to a country that’s fast becoming communist.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 1:58:23 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: ilovesarah2012
Elian loves Castro.

Yes. Janet Reno and slick Willie loved him so much they sent him to the brainwashing camps in Cuba.


26 posted on 02/22/2014 2:01:47 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: knarf

No, a cruise ship is not American soil..when we leave American waters, the flag comes down. Apparently, a cruise ship rescuing refugees or assisting the coast guard is not that uncommon. Our crew told of many experiences.And yes, a captain can
marry a couple.


27 posted on 02/23/2014 5:51:58 AM PST by coloradomomba (Lord God...please use me.)
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To: Prospero

Why would anyone leave the workers’ paradise?

-— He arrived at the luxurious Reach Resort in Key West 9.5 hours later -—

Talk about surreal. Imagine the culture shock on both sides.


28 posted on 02/23/2014 5:56:38 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: House Atreides

-— Wow, that’s one tough dude to pull that off. -—

How do your arms not fall off?


29 posted on 02/23/2014 6:01:02 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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