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Cuban Migrants Held on Coast Guard Ship are Sent Home

Thirty-four Cuban refugees have been sent back to Cuba from the United States, after being held for a week on a Coast Guard ship.

The refugees were sent home Friday. They had been kept on a Coast Guard cutter offshore since November 5, when their eight-meter speedboat capsized in rough seas offshore.

Two women died in the accident. The boat captain was questioned but released without charges.

The 34 refugees returned to Cuba along with 45 others seized in separate operations.

The United States generally allows Cuban migrants who make it to U.S. shores to stay, but sends them home if they are intercepted at sea.

Some information for this report provided by AP.