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Homemade Cuban boat reaches U.S. shore

Eighteen Cuban migrants came ashore early Wednesday on Singer Island, Fla.

Sixteen men and two women packed into a homemade, 21-foot boat Friday and made the five-day trip from Cuba, officials told WPBF 25 News' Chris McGrath.

"Certainly they did their best to load their vessel with as much water and food,” said U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Frank Miller. “The seas weren't very calm. There are so many uncertainties when you plan a trip like this."

The boat is named Esperanza, which means "hope" in English.

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