Cuban refugees' raft sinks off Mexico

Two people drowned and 11 are missing and presumed dead after a makeshift raft carrying 23 refugees from Cuba sank off the coast of Mexico, officials said.

The survivors, nine men and one woman, were taken into custody Friday after the raft hit the coral reefs surrounding Mugeres island, near the popular resort of Cancun.

The surviving refugees swam to shore after the raft tipped, but others were swept away by strong currents or fatally injured as waves tossed them onto the coral and rocks.

The refugees said Mexico was an intended stopover on their way to the United States.

Officials said there were no children among the 23 Cuban refugees.

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