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Cruise ship hands over 28 Cuban nationals to Cozumel INM

Cozumel, Q.R. — A total of 28 Cuban nationals that were rescued by a passing cruise ship have been handed over to island immigration. The National Migration Institute (INM) received 28 migrants from Cuba that were rescued at sea by an international cruise ship heading for the island.

In an INM (National Migration Institute) statement, they reported 27 adults — 18 men and nine women as well as an unaccompanied adolescent minor — were received by INM officers of Cozumel.

The 28 were discovered afloat signaling for help by a cruise ship bound for Cozumel. The cruise ship brought them on board their vessel and transported them to the island.

“The corresponding immigration administrative process were carried out once the crew of a cruise ship handed them over to the INM staff on the island of Cozumel. In coordination with International Health of the Ministry of Health, a medical examination was carried out,” the INM reported.

“As part of the humanitarian protection actions, they were initially moved to Playa del Carmen and later to the provisional INM station in Cancun where they were provided with care and accommodation while their immigration situation was resolved.

One teen was part of the 28 rescued by the cruise ship. Photo: INM April 25, 2024.

“The teenager was channeled to the municipal System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family (DIF) in the Casa Filtro shelter so that protection measures could be issued and the plan for the restitution of rights determined.”