Ramshackle Cuban boats flood Key West

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Boats assembled from roofing tin, scrap lumber and foam plastic form a ramshackle fleet moored off Islamorada's Whale Harbor.

"People have to be really desperate to go to sea aboard one of these," said Officer Janette Fernandez Costoya of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The collection of recovered refugee crafts from Cuba temporarily stored at the agency’s Whale Harbor station grew Friday when the seventh homemade vessel in five weeks was recovered from the Atlantic off the Upper Keys.

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