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Floating taxi family hails ride out of Cuba

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    Floating taxi family hails ride out of Cuba MIAMI - It was a good day for folks wanting out of Communist Cuba. The man who tried three times to reach the U.S.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 23, 2005
      Floating taxi family hails ride out of Cuba



      MIAMI - It was a good day for folks wanting out of Communist Cuba.
      The man who tried three times to reach the U.S. in vintage vehicles
      converted into boats finally arrived yesterday with his family in
      transportation a little more comfortable - a plane.

      Rafael Diaz Rey, his wife, Nivia Valdez, and sons Pablo Alonso and David
      looked tired but relieved after their flight from the U.S. base at
      Guantanamo Bay. They were taken there after being picked up 14 miles south
      of Key West on June 7 in a bright blue, 1948 Mercury taxi that Diaz
      converted into a boat.

      The U.S. normally returns Cubans picked up at sea to Cuba, but Diaz caught a
      break because he and one of his sons already had won the right to emigrate
      in a Cuban government lottery. Although his wife, a doctor, and a second son
      had been denied exit visas, U.S. officials let them all in.

      Also getting in were a Las Vegas man who loaned his look-alike brother his
      U.S. residency documents for an escape - then found himself trapped in his
      homeland. After three months, despite his ruse, Cuban officials let Bernardo
      Heredia out Sunday.



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