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63 Cuban migrants returned to island homeland

7:10 PM, Oct 6, 2013   |    comments
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MIAMI (AP) -- More than 60 Cubans are back in their island homeland after being repatriated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard returned the 63 migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, last week.

Coast Guard officials say the migrants were picked up in five separate migrant interdictions between Sept. 25 and Sept. 29. Customs and Border Protection aircrews alerted Coast Guard vessels to the migrants aboard "several unseaworthy and overloaded rustic vessels" in the Florida Straits.

Once aboard Coast Guard vessels, the migrants received food, water and medical care.

Associated Press

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