Cubans ask for repatriation

The single largest group of Cuban migrants to arrive in the Cayman Islands this year entered Cayman Brac waters Thursday, Immigration officials said.

The group of 30 – 22 males and eight females – indicated to government officials that it was en-route to Honduras, and remained offshore on the south coast of the Brac.

However, nine males and five females later indicated they wanted to remain in the Brac to be repatriated to Cuba.

As of Thursday night, the 14 had been accommodated at the Cayman Brac police station and were to be transferred to Grand Cayman for Immigration processing and repatriation as requested.

The remaining 16 persons did not exit the vessel, and left the Cayman Islands shortly after 7am Friday.