Published: Sep 10, 2013 12:59 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The Coast Guard has repatriated 46 Cuban migrants picked up in the waters off the Florida Keys.
    
The migrants were returned to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Friday. Coast Guard officials say the migrants were found in three separate interdictions.
    
On Monday, 11 migrants were spotted in a rustic vessel south of Marathon. Later that day, 18 migrants were found in another rustic vessel south of the Marquesas Keys.
    
Seventeen migrants were found Wednesday in a rustic vessel south of Big Pine Key.
    
The Coast Guard gave the migrants food, water and basic medical care before returning them to Cuba.
    
Capt. Mark Fedor said Tuesday that migrants "put their lives at grave risk" when they trust smugglers or take to the sea aboard unseaworthy vessels.

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