Cuban migrants returned to Grand Cayman

UPDATED: 6 April

According to a media release sent by Customs and Border Control, a vessel carrying “multiple” Cuban migrants, who have been missing since Saturday, has been located and those on board have been returned to Grand Cayman.

The Cayman Islands Coast Guard notified CBC that a vessel approximately 50 nautical miles west of Grand Cayman had stopped to assist the vessel carrying the Cubans, which was “in distress”.

The CBC release said the Cubans onboard were weak but had “not sustained any injuries”. They have been returned to Grand Cayman and are said to be undergoing COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols, as per the procedures for all arrivals into the jurisdiction.

CBC say the investigation remains active and anyone with information is urged to contact the confidential information hotline at 1-800-534-2546 or email [email protected].

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The Department of Public Safety Communications has confirmed that a number of Cuban nationals being monitored through wearable tracking technology have been “unaccounted for” since Sunday night.

According to a statement provided to the Compass by a Government Information Services spokesperson, the Cubans “are persons under the Department of Customs and Border Control’s (CBC’s) supervision and being monitored as part of the terms and conditions of their stay in these islands”.

The spokesperson also confirmed that the Cubans “are not prisoners”. While few details have been released, the statement said, “The current inquiry is in the early stages and CBC is expected to respond as appropriate.’

The Compass has requested additional information on the incident and is awaiting a response.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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