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Raft washes ashore in Hollywood Beach – South Florida Sun Sentinel





Ana Beaumier looks over a raft that washed ashore on Hollywood Beach on Thursday. (Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel)
HOLLYWOOD — A small, unoccupied boat was found on the shores of Hollywood Beach Thursday morning.
The makeshift boat, which appeared to be made from Styrofoam and wood, was filled with water bottles and had orange markings on it.
Deanna Bettineschi, the public information manager for the Hollywood Beach Police Department, said the Public Works Department received a call about the boat north of Sheridan Street and Hollywood North Beach Park and came to pick it up. She said they couldn’t make out the markings on the side of the boat and didn’t know where it had come from.
The Coast Guard had not received word of the raft washing ashore.
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A Twitter user who posted pictures of the raft at 8:15 a.m. theorized it had come from Cuba, although this hasn’t been confirmed. In addition to the water bottles, sacks of a Cuban brand of flour were found in the boat.
Ana Beaumier, who lives in a nearby condo, stepped into the water to take a closer look at the boat. She put her hands on it and said a prayer.
“It washed ashore at Freedom Street,” she said. “I hope they made it.”
Beaumier emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 1961. She marveled at the engineering of the mostly-Styrofoam vessel, which was about the size of a Fiat 500.
After the boat was taken away, a small piece of wood that had been used as the rudder remained. Beaumier picked it up and decided to keep it. Rather than be destroyed, the vessel should be in a museum, she said.
Staff writer Olivia Lloyd can be reached at olloyd@SunSentinel.com. Photojournalist Joe Cavaretta can be reached at jcavaretta@SunSentinel.com
Copyright © 2022, Sun Sentinel
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