N13BR- “Los Gringos.” (Left)Thomas Van Hare (Right) Matt Lawrence
A group of Cuban balseros waves to a rescue aircraft.
An empty raft in the Straits of Florida- one of the many tombstones at sea.
A motorized boat spotted by Ken Touchton, a photographer covering the mission.
Photo: Ken Touchton.
A group of rafters on Elbow Cay, Cay Sal Banks, Bahamas.
Cutter Point Countess makes a rescue.
A Cuban gunboat in international waters hunting rafters.
The USCG Cutter Sitkinak.
N13BR at work
A single rafter afloat on two inner tubes.
A typical raft.
Photographer Ken Touchton with the balsero he spotted standing on the sea.
Photo 2: rafters, Elbow Cay.
U.S. Navy Helicopter makes a pickup.
Pilot Thomas “Seagull Tango" Van Hare piloting “El Coqui”
A Cuban raft made of oil drums.
A homemade sailboat.
The first hug is the most memorable hug, especially when its been years.
Dog Rocks, Cay Sal Banks, Bahamas.
“Yes! I really made it!"
Photo: Ken Touchton