The hunt for 4 missing Cuban migrants has begun. Police say a large group of Cuban migrants first entered Cayman’s waters on Sunday. The total number of migrants is still unclear at this time. However, Cayman 27 understands that at least 2 boats were spotted in Cayman Brac between Sunday and Monday (January 31- February 1).
After the initial landing, a few Cubans aboard the vessels decided not to carry on with the voyage. The remain group sailed on the Grand Cayman where they docked inside the reef off by the Beach Bay area.
By the time Cayman 27 crews arrived on scene, only one vessel (El Arca) could be found. The boat was empty, however there were several tell tale signs that it was recently inhabited. Bags of crackers, blankets, bottles of water and other menial tools like hand saws and machetes could be found.
Cayman 27 understands that when combined there were at least 50 migrants aboard both vessels. They will be processed and kept at the Immigration Detention Centre, and then later repatriated to Cuba.
Immigration officials have confirmed that 5 men went missing shortly after they arrived off Bodden Town. One man then returned, leaving the other four still at large.
Over the years at least a dozen Cuban migrants have gone missing, and remain missing to this day. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the migrants is encouraged to call 911 or contact the Cayman Islands Immigration Department at 526-0433.