After 300 migrants made 10 landings there over the weekend, a U.S. national park in the Florida Keys consisting of a collection of deserted islands was shut down on Monday, according to officials.
According to a tweet from Dry Tortugas National Park, the park was closed so that law enforcement and medical professionals could assess the migrants before transporting them to Key West, which is about 70 miles to the west.
According to park officials, “the closure, which is anticipated to last several days, is vital for the safety of tourists and personnel due to the resources and space needed to cater to the migrants.”
At least 88 migrants were from Cuba, according to a tweet from US Customs and Border Protection.
Due to its coral reefs, sea turtle nesting grounds, tropical fish, and shipwrecks, the national park near the southernmost point of the continental United States draws scuba divers and snorkelers.