Mother, 2 teenage daughters reach Miami Beach after fleeing Cuba by sea; 2 men still missing

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MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching for two Cuban migrants missing off the coast of Miami Beach.

Authorities say the men were part of a group that arrived early Monday. A woman and her two teenage daughters made it safely to shore.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Frank Miller said the women were dropped off at the beach, likely be smugglers.

It was unclear whether they were related to the missing men.

The women were processed by immigration authorities and released. Under the "wet-foot, dry-foot" police, Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay.

Over the last year, the number of Cuban migrants fleeing by sea on dangerous rafts has increased significantly. Scholars estimate one in four does not survive the journey.

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