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Mexico rescues 6 Cubans from drifting boat

Mexico rescues 6 Cubans from drifting boat
Published February 06, 2012
Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican Navy says it has rescued six Cubans from a
makeshift boat adrift off the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres.

The Navy says a recreational boat reported the drifting craft. Photos
provided by the Navy showed what appeared to be a sort of mast and sail,
with inner tubes strapped to the sides.

The Navy said Monday the six were rescued Sunday and were slightly
dehydrated. The men said they left Cuba Jan. 25, aiming to reach Honduras.

They were turned over to immigration officials.

Mexico signed a pact with Cuba in 2008 promising to deport Cuban
migrants. Before, Mexican generally only briefly detained Cuban migrants
and gave them a 10- to 30-day exit order, giving them time to make their
way to the United States.


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