Four Cuban baseball players and a coach who fled their country in a flimsy boat more than a week ago were found "barely alive" in the Dominican Republic.
The five landed Thursday morning on the north coast of the country, about 300 miles from the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba, a relative said.Jorge Luis Toca, 23, called his relatives from the Dominican Republic, saying the group had no provisions and was "barely alive," WTVJ-TV reported.
An assistant to Rene Guim, spokesman for sports agent Joe Cubas who represents defecting Cuban baseball players, confirmed the latest defectors had been found but she had no other details.
The other players are catcher Angel Lopez, 25; pitching coach Enrique Chinea; second baseman Jorge Diaz, 23; and Michael Jova, a 17-year-old shortstop from Cuba's junior Olympic team.
The five were banned from baseball on the island last July because Cuban authorities suspected they were planning to defect.
Chinea's father, Orlando, said he was at home in Havana when he received a call from Cubas.