MIAMI (WSVN) - A group of protesters took to the water to deliver some much-needed aid and a message to the people of Cuba.
Through torrential rain, thunder and lightning, people at Pelican Bay loaded the small boat with water and supplies — items the group hopes to deliver to Cuba.
“Water, food, medicine, whatever we can take to Cuba. Whatever we can take to help is good,” said organizer Dennis Suayero.
Alejandro doesn’t have a boat, but he does want to do whatever he can to help.
“I just go with my heart to support my people right there,” he said.
Alejandro and others are waiting for the next boat with supplies headed to Cuba from Pelican Harbor Bay, Tuesday.
“We aren’t afraid of what can happen,” said Lorenzo. “We will be 12 miles away. Whatever Cuba needs, we will be there.”
Alejandro and his group helped load the boats Monday with supplies, and at dark it headed to open water.
It’s unclear how far the boat sailed before they were apparently stopped by Homeland Security, as seen in a video shared by Only In Dade.
The boat was stopped because of weapons on board, but the grassroots effort will try again with the green light from U.S. authorities.
A U.S. Coast Guard statement Monday night warned that officials are monitoring for illegal migrant activity, “including unpermitted vessel departures from Florida to Cuba.”
“They are dying, man,” Alejandro said. “They don’t have no water, no medicine. They don’t have nothing right there.”
While Cuban Americans like Alejandro hope, the president is watching.
“Biden, please, we need to focus. We need you to send our people right there, our… I don’t know how to say tropas [troops],” he said. “That’s the most important.”
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