It is not uncommon for boaters out on the high seas to come across migrant Cuban vessels; and in the event that you do it is suggested that, in most cases, you contact the authorities before offering any assistance.
On Monday ( February 1) members of the Joint Marine Unit (JMU) were called out to intercept a wooden Cuban vessel that had begun taking in water, about 4 miles of the south west point. Aboard the boat were 4 women and 11 men, all Cuban migrants and the latest batch to arrive in Cayman’s waters. The JMU’s Niven D reach the boat in time to save the passengers, who all expressed to be taken to shore.
Leo Anglin the JMU Commander warned that should members of the public come across the the migrants it is advisable to that they first call the police.
“Well it is always best to call us, yeah given the circumstances where there is a life or death situation at hand it would be encouraged for the public to assist but all of the time i would encourage for the public to contact the Joint Marine Unit or 911 communications directly.” said Mr. Anglin.”
All 15 migrants were brought to shore where they were then turned over to immigration officials and brought to the Immigration Detention Centre.