After spotting their boat on Thursday, the US Coast Guard says it rescued ten Cuban migrants on the sinking vessel off the Florida coast.
Air Station Miami Commander Captain Shawn Koch said had the aircrew not spotted the migrants who had no life jackets or safety equipment, they would not have survived the night.
On Saturday, the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump repatriated six of the Cubans.
Officials took four others to Florida for medical treatment.
Headline photo: US Coast Guard image