Dry Tortugas National Park closed after 300 migrants arrive over past few days

KEY WEST, Fla. – Dry Tortugas National Park temporarily closed to public access Monday to allow law enforcement and medical personnel time to evaluate, provide care for and coordinate transport to Key West for approximately 300 migrants who arrived in the park over the past couple of days.

The closure, which is expected to last several days, is necessary for the safety of visitors and staff because of the resources and space needed to attend to the migrants. Concession-operated ferry and sea plane services are temporarily suspended.

A release from the National Park Service said there has been a recent increase in people arriving by boat from Cuba and landing on the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park along with other sites in the Florida Keys.

Park first responders provide food, water and basic medical attention until the Department of Homeland Security arrives and takes the lead.

A statement released

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