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24 Cuban migrants returned home by Coast Guard

Posted on Thursday, 05.30.13

24 Cuban migrants returned home by Coast Guard
The Associated Press

MIAMI — The Coast Guard has returned a total of 24 Cuban migrants to
their Caribbean homeland this past week.

Coast Guard officials say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft
spotted a “rustic vessel” in the waters southwest of Key West on
Saturday. The Coast Guard dispatched a cutter and retrieved 11 Cubans
from the vessel.

Two days earlier, Coast Guard watchstanders received a report of
suspected migrants aboard an unseaworthy vessel and diverted a cutter,
whose crew embarked 13 Cubans.

Both groups of migrants were taken to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, after
receiving food, water and medical care aboard Coast Guard vessels.

About half of the more than 1,000 migrants picked up at sea by the Coast
Guard since Oct. 1 have been Cuban. Of the other half, most are Haitian.

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