December 5, 1999 |
Seven men and women who drowned at sea fleeing Communist Cuba were buried Saturday in a politically charged funeral after a somber procession through the streets of a mourning Little Havana, Miami's Cuban exile stronghold. Exiles bitterly denounced Cuban President Fidel Castro as a tyrant whose government forced people to risk and sometimes lose their lives as they sought freedom through perilous crossings of the Florida Straits to the United States.
October 19, 1991 |
Seven people panicked and drowned as they tried to claw their way out of a station wagon that flipped into an irrigation canal early Friday, officials said. The car landed upside-down in eight feet of dark, murky water after their unlicensed driver swerved to avoid an oncoming bus, said Highway Patrol Lt. Jim Howell.
January 25, 1990 |
A farm labor van plunged off a curve on a Florida road and into a rural canal in heavy fog Wednesday, trapping and drowning 10 migrant workers from Mexico, authorities said. "Some of them had stuck their arms out trying to get out, but they just didn't make it," Sheriff's Lt. Bill Chamness said. The driver and one passenger escaped through windows with minor injuries as the van sank in 12 feet of murky water near Clewiston, he said. in rural Hendry County, he said.
June 20, 1988
The U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmer School at Pensacola, Fla., which was closed after a recruit drowned in March, will reopen today with new instructors and safety guidelines, said John Fink, an aide to Rep. Toby Roth (R-Wis.). The investigation into the drowning of Lee Mirecki of Appleton, Wis., showed that Mirecki had been held underwater in the school's training pool.
February 9, 1994 |
The bodies of four Haitians, including two children, washed up on the beach early Tuesday after smugglers apparently dropped off some 60 refugees along the central Florida coast. A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said that a man, woman and two children--about 5 and 7 years old--apparently drowned in the morning darkness after they were let off the boat yards from shore. "It's a tragedy, but we've come to expect this," said Herbert Jefferson, Border Patrol assistant chief.
June 28, 1997 |
A man who was angry with the mother of his three children drove her truck into an alligator-infested Everglades canal Friday, drowning two of their young sons, police said. The man, Kirk Billie, 28, was taken into custody and police said he faces murder and other charges. Police Det. Rudy Espinosa said Billie burst into tears every time he was asked about the children.