Seventeen additional Cuban migrants were expected to be housed at the George Town Immigration Detention Centre over the weekend after bad weather stymied their trip last week.
The migrants, 14 men and three women, arrived in a makeshift watercraft Wednesday at the Tiara Dock in Cayman Brac and were allowed to make minor repairs to their boat.
Despite warnings by immigration officials about the bad weather, 14 of the 17 Cubans wished to continue their journey and attempted to depart. However, rough seas forced them to return.
All 17 migrants were transported to the detention centre. They will join 16 others already awaiting repatriation at the centre.
Generally, immigration officers have said they prefer to limit the number of Cuban migrants at the centre to 15-20 to lessen the potential for escapes or disputes among the detainees.