(CMR) The Cayman Islands Government has decided to allow escaped Cuban migrants to return to the Cayman Islands after they were picked up earlier this morning by a Panamanian vessel.
However, despite the Government's decision to allow them back into the country, they had been live streaming from the ship and refusing to come off the vessel.
CMR has received several videos of the live streams showing them refusing to come off the ship and sharing that Cayman is a communist country.
It is being said that they have since barricaded themselves on the ship.
The Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) has received notification from the Cayman Islands Coast Guard that a vessel in distress with multiple persons onboard was assisted by a passing vessel approximately 50 nautical miles west of Grand Cayman.
CBC can also confirm that the persons on board are the migrants that were unable to be located on Sunday, 4th April.
The vessel was adrift for the past few days and the persons on board appear to be weak, however have not sustained any injuries.
The migrants were returned to Grand Cayman by the passing vessel and CBC, along with their partner agencies, are facilitating the disembarkation of the migrants. The migrants will have to adhere to COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols as required by legislation for all incoming persons.
This remains an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the confidential information hotline at 1-800-534-2546 or email [email protected]