The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 15 Cuban migrants aboard two rustic vessels to Bahia de Cabañas on Friday.
Six migrants were discovered Sept. 17 south of Marquesas and nine were south of Key West, Coast Guard officials said.
Once aboard the Coast Guard cutter, the migrants were given food, water and medical attention..
“U.S. Coast Guard policy is to deter and respond to dangerous, and illegal maritime migration by intercepting vessels pursuing perilous and illegal voyages," said Capt. Brendan McPherson, Seventh Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “We continue to maintain a robust presence of cutters and aircraft throughout the Caribbean to prevent illegal migration and migrant smuggling activities.”