- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The bodies of four Cuban migrants found in the waters off South Florida have been identified.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports the Broward County medical examiner has identified 45-year-old Guillermo Enrique Buitrago Milanes, 35-year-old Jose Ramon Acosta, 25-year-old Alberto Gonzales Mesa and 32-year-old Junier Fernandez Hernandez as the deceased.

The men fled Cuba in August. Good Samaritans found two of their bodies in the water off Hollywood Beach on Aug. 24. The Coast Guard later discovered two more.

Relatives of the deceased men contacted a Cuban activist in Miami who helped them visit the morgue to identify their loved ones.

There has been an increase over the last year in the number of Cubans fleeing on rafts. Researchers estimate at least one in four does not survive the journey.



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