MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has returned 18 Cuban migrants to their Caribbean homeland.
Coast Guard officials said Thursday that the migrants were returned earlier in the week to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.
Six of the migrants were picked up in a vessel spotted southwest of Key West on April 24. Twelve were picked up two days later southwest of Marquesas Key in a vessel that Coast Guard officials describe as "rustic." No additional details were immediately available.
The Coast Guard has picked up 494 Cuban migrants since this fiscal year began Oct. 1. In the last fiscal year, the Coast Guard reported 1,275 Cuban migrant interdictions.