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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin rescued three boaters after their boat sank off West End, Bahamas, May 22, 2011.  (Source: U.S. Coast Guard)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin rescued three boaters after their boat sank off West End, Bahamas, May 22, 2011. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard)

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MIAMI (CBS4) — The U.S. Coast Guard has returned more than 120 Cuban and Haitian migrants to their Caribbean homelands.

The Coast Guard said 82 Haitians were aboard a 40-foot sailing vessel intercepted Friday northwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas. They were all returned Monday to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Fifteen Cuban migrants were returned Monday to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba. The Coast Guard says they were picked up at sea in three separate interdictions since Thursday.

Another 25 Cuban migrants were repatriated Sunday. A Coast Guard vessel picked them up Wednesday after a Coast Guard aircraft spotted their vessel south of Key West.

Meanwhile seven rafters rescued Friday by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship returning to Port Everglades remain in Coast Guard custody. They are expected to be repatriated later this week.

 

(© 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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