|Published:||May 17, 2013 11:50 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 17, 2013 11:50 AM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have returned nearly two dozen Cuban migrants to their homeland.
The Coast Guard says 23 people were repatriated to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Wednesday.
A dozen Cubans were picked up May 10 in a vessel spotted in the waters south of Islamorada.
A second vessel carrying 11 Cubans was interdicted the same day in the waters southeast of Key West.
The Coast Guard describes both vessels as "rustic." No further details were available.
The migrants received food, water and medical care aboard Coast Guard vessels before being returned home.
Coast Guard crews have picked up 526 Cuban migrants since Oct. 1. More than 1,275 Cuban migrants were interdicted in the previous year.
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