UPDATE: Cuban boat spotted off Bodden Town; 15 migrants in custody

A Cuban boat off the coast of Bodden Town. - Photo: Brent Fuller

***Update: 4:40 p.m. Friday***

Fifteen Cuban migrants were taken into custody by immigration officials Friday after their boat entered local waters, Immigration Department officials said.

A group of 15 Cuban migrants were taken into custody by Cayman Islands immigration officials Friday. – Photo: Department of Immigration

The group first arrived in the Bodden Town area at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. They departed Thursday afternoon, immigration officers said.

Damage sustained to the rickety vessel during the departure Thursday forced the group to return Friday morning, where they were spotted just off shore near the Bodden Town cemetery.

A second failed attempt to depart was made Friday, after which four migrants aboard the craft were taken into custody. The remaining 11 were taken into custody by immigration officers after further difficulties occurred with the boat while trying to depart.

A total of 73 Cuban migrants are now in immigration custody.