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2 Cubans die after boat detained off Mexican coast

Associated Press Published: October 12, 2012

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Two Cubans are dead after they leaped from a boat that was apparently smuggling migrants off Mexico's Caribbean coast.

The chief of detectives in the state of Quintana Roo (keen-TAH-nah roh) says several Cubans jumped into the sea and tried to swim to shore when the boat was stopped by Mexican sailors off the island of Isla Mujeres.

Chief detective Arturo Olivares says about 20 Cubans are believed to been aboard the craft. Ten were detained Friday, and the bodies of a man and a woman were found in the water.

It is unclear how many people escaped to the island, where immigrant smugglers have been active in the past.