Cubans recovered

All 15 Cuban migrants who were at large over the weekend have been located and returned to more secure accommodations, says a GIS press release.

The last three of the 15 who had absconded from their secure quarters were found in West Bay at 12:10am Sunday by immigration and police officers.

‘I wish to express my thanks to the immigration and police officers involved in the operation for their dedication and for working the long hours that were necessary to bring a successful conclusion to the operation,’ Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said in the release.

The recovery operation followed Friday night’s unauthorised flight of 15 Cuban migrants from secure quarters near Fairbanks Prison. Six were located and returned to more secure accommodations on Saturday morning. They will be joined by the remaining nine who were recovered over the course of Saturday night, the last three just shortly after mid-night.

The Cubans are part of a batch of 99 Cuban migrants who arrived illegally from Cuba over the course of the past few months, the release said.

They are awaiting resolution of their immigration status, which is being carried out in accordance with international conventions.