MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s navy has rescued nine Cubans who were found by a Panamanian-flagged tanker while their makeshift boat was adrift on the Caribbean, authorities said Thursday.
The seven men and two women were found by the Chem Venus ship on Tuesday, the navy said in a statement.
The navy released pictures of the Cubans coming down a ladder from the side of the tanker to a navy vessel some 51 km (32 miles) from the resort island of Isla Mujeres. The statement said they were in “good health.”
The group was handed over to the National Migration Institute, which usually gives Cuban migrants a 20-day pass to continue onward with their journey when the Cuban Consulate does not recognize them as citizens.
Central America and Mexico have seen a wave of Cuban migrants in recent months.
Migrants from the communist-ruled island have voiced concerns that the U.S.-Cuba diplomatic thaw will prompt Washington to drop its policy of automatically giving residency to Cubans who set foot on U.S. soil.