Cubans Try to Reach Florida in Floating Car
(AP Photo/photo released by CBS4 )
February 4, 2004 02:09 PM EST
MIAMI - Two Cubans who tried to sail to Florida in a truck converted to a pontoon boat last year are making another attempt, this time piloting a seagoing 1950s-era Buick with four other adults and five children, relatives said.
Marciel Lopez and Luis Rodriguez, who were sent back to Cuba in July after they failed to reach Florida in a converted 1951 Chevrolet pickup, were at the helm of the newest vehicle-boat conversion, and had set out to sea on Monday, relatives said.
The Coast Guard refused on Wednesday to confirm the status of the tailfinned car.
Under U.S. immigration policy, Cubans who reach U.S. shores are allowed to stay while those caught at sea are usually returned.
The Miami Herald said the 1959 Buick was nearly halfway to Key West by Tuesday evening. Key West is 90 miles from Havana, but it was not immediately clear where on Cuba the group had set out to sea.
The Buick's doors had been sealed to keep water out and it was powered by its original V-8 motor.
Gotta love that GM quality.
Personally, I hope they make it.