SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Authorities say six Cuban men have landed on South Padre Island after drifting across the Gulf of Mexico because their boat engine failed.
Cameron County Parks Chief Horacio Zamora says the men aged 28-65 years old arrived Monday from Nueva Gerona, Cuba. He says they set off for Mexico 21 days ago on a 14-foot wooden boat.
The men say the boat's engine malfunctioned two days into the trip and they tried to sail with a small shower curtain. They say storms in the Gulf of Mexico blew them off course.
A beachgoer found the men and alerted authorities. Zamora says one man required medical assistance and the group had nothing to eat or drink in days. The men were released to the U.S. Border Patrol. Their conditions are unclear.