Cubans dock at downtown dive shop

A group of Cuban migrants on a make-shift boat pulled into George Town harbour on Tuesday morning, apparently experiencing mechanical difficulties. 

The boat was docked at Diver’s Down dive shop on the waterfront from just before 9am Tuesday.  

Witnesses who saw the boat come in said one of the Cubans was taken to the hospital by ambulance in need of medical assistance.  

There were around 20 people aboard the small wooden boat. A police craft hovered nearby, while officers stood guard to prevent any of the Cubans from landing.  

The Cayman Islands has a formal agreement with Cuba that it must repatriate any Cuban citizens who land illegally in the territory. 

The boat was first spotted from South Sound at around 8.30am, apparently travelling from 
the direction of Cayman Brac. 


A boat of Cuban migrants pulled into George Town harbour on Tuesday morning. – PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER


  1. Ok Cayman has an agreement with Cuba to repatriate any Cuban who land on our shores. Are we getting anything in return from the Cuban Government for that, or are we just getting a fly free zone.
    Anyway my feelings are that if the Cubans arrive here in a boat that is in good condition and needs food fuel water or minor repairs WE SHOULD GIVE IT. We do not need to keep them unless we observe they are in a bad condition or the boat is not sea worthy; that would mean sending them on to their death. Caymanians think about what we are doing in a humanity way. The Cubans are ,looking a better life, but we do not have it here to offer them, but I see nothing wrong with extending a hand of help. Give them food and water while they are repairing their boats, help them repair their boats and set them on their way. Cayman we do not know the day that someone has to extend a helping hand to us. We do not need to keep them, but WE CAN SHOW SOME MERCY. Keep the name Christian Country. If we believe and fear God, than you tell me is a treaty of man kind higher?.

  2. Are we getting anything in return from the Cuban Government astounded that you could ask that question considering what Cayman is doing to these refugees – it’s inhumane behaviour – are you proud of yourselves Caymanians?

  3. Bleeding heart liberals. Get a grip. Cayman has enough scum.We can’t afford to take in the masses. Thank god there is an agreement with Cuba. We have enough problems coping with our people and what they don’t get.

  4. With only 270 miles distance from cuba to cayman these guys are already suffering, how much more if they continue to travel for 430 miles distance from Cayman to Central America? It would be more inhumane in nature. Help and give them free airplane ride back to Cuba is more compassionate way. It’s better to die with honor than to live with shame or die cowardly.

  5. It’s not very often I agree with Hunter about anything, but we have something in common here. If Cubans need a bit of assistance to continue on their way, then of course it should be given to them as humanitarian assistance. They’re only looking for a better way of life.

    If their ship is not seaworthy, well, that’s a completely different story. It’s far more humanitarian to hold them back and offer them transport back to Cuba.

    With the current immigration system in Cayman it’s pretty obvious that they wouldn’t be allowed to stay and work, and to be honest they probably shouldn’t be allowed to stay and work.

    Unfortunately these people are generally known as economic refugees and they probably don’t have any job skills that an unemployed Caymanian already has.

    This is all the more reason to offer them help along the way, whether they land or not.

  6. The current policy worries me as well on humanitarian grounds. The agreement is a tri-lateral one, negotiated with input from Cuba, UK and Cayman. The end result was probably not ideal for any party but one that was likely agreed on, based on negotiations and compromise.
    As i understand it, the restrictions to what assistance can be provided, was primarily to ensure the policy was not seen to be encouraging refugees to take to the less than safe boats. Also I’m fairly sure this was a serious consideration to the Cayman authorities based on our own experience some years ago whereby we had to house over a thousand at tent city for a considerable period of time. Of course when they arrive, they are free to get off and be flown back to Cuba or seek asylum. I still say we should look at it again to see if a better one could be agreed upon.

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