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34 Cubans detained off Cancun

June 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Mexico's navy said it had detained 34 Cuban migrants who were on a yacht off the coast of Cancun.

Lt. Wilberth Vargas said navy personnel found 28 men, four women and two children during a routine patrol near the Mexican resort. Vargas said the migrants told authorities they left Cuba on a makeshift boat and while at sea were spotted by two men on a yacht who offered to take them to the U.S. Vargas didn't say whether the two men sailing the yacht had been arrested.

More Cubans are traveling to Mexico to try to reach the U.S. by land instead of trying to get past U.S. Coast Guard patrols off Florida. Most Cubans who arrive in Mexico are released after being held 90 days at an immigration center.

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