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Cuban Migrants Rescued After Vessel Overturns

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

SIX Cuban migrants who risked their lives to reach Florida were rescued by a fishing vessel after their vessel overturned in Bahamian waters near Cay Sal.

The migrants were turned over to a US Coast Guard vessel and taken to Grand Bahama on Thursday where they were taken into custody by Bahamian authorities.

According to Immigration officer Napthali Cooper, the migrants had reportedly left Cuba eight days before in a rustic vessel destined for Florida. During the journey, the vessel overturned some 40 miles east of Cay Sal.

A passing fishing vessel rescued the men from the water, and contacted the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, which requested assistance from the US Coast Guards in transferring the migrants from the fishing vessel to Freeport.

The US Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yared arrived at Freeport Harbour with the migrants around 7.30am on Thursday and handed them over to Bahamians Immigration officials.

The group was taken to Immigration Headquarters in Freeport for processing. They were examined by the Disease Surveillance Unit of Public Hospitals Authority.

On Friday, they were flown to New Providence where they are being detained at the Detention Centre to await repatriation to Cuba.

Comments

rawbahamian 1 year, 10 months ago

We better teach our children Creole and Spanish because Fred Smith is determined to turn Bahamians into foreigners in their own country !

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DDK 1 year, 10 months ago

No chance of repatriating that gentleman?

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 10 months ago

Do we ever send Cubans back????? ........ or do they go to a Third country?????

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jamaicaproud 1 year, 10 months ago

On Friday, they were flown to New Providence where they are being detained at the Detention Centre to await repatriation to Cuba.

Reading is fundamental

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 10 months ago

Bro JA .......... read between the lines ......... Bahamian-style

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ashley14 1 year, 10 months ago

It's so great in Cuba, then why were they leaving. I would never go to Cuba.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 10 months ago

Who says it is great in Cuba???????? ........... Great with who?????? ...... the prostitutes in the tourism enclaves??????

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