Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Sep 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-08 21:07:00-04

MIAMI (AP) - The Coast Guard says it has returned 50 Cuban migrants to their Caribbean homeland.

According to Coast Guard, the migrants were returned to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Monday.

U.S. authorities picked up the migrants at sea in four separate interdictions off the Florida Keys and South Florida on Aug. 28. A rustic vessel with 21 people on board was found south of Key West. Twelve migrants were found on a raft reported by a good Samaritan south of the Dry Tortugas. Eight migrants were found aboard a raft south of Boot Key. Nine migrants were picked up from a raft found by local authorities in the waters east of Delray Beach.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical care.