Photo: Cuban refugees in Mexico
Immigration service officers allowed 13 Cuban migrants rescued on the high seas to be brought ashore in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz for humanitarian reasons, National Migration Institute, or INM, spokesmen said.
The Cuban Consulate has not responded to a notification sent by Mexican officials, INM spokesmen said.
The migrants were rescued by the Gibraltar-flagged freighter Passama, which sailed from Cartagena, Colombia, after their boat sank.
INM agents took the Cubans, who arrived in Mexico on Friday, to the immigration station in Acayucan, a city in southern Veracruz state.
Port authority personnel in the city of Veracruz and health department workers provided the migrants with assistance and medical examinations, the INM chief in Veracruz, Tomas Carrillo, said.
The freighter’s captain, Michael Heilmann, rescued the migrants in accordance with the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
Mexican officials allowed the migrants to be brought ashore in compliance with the convention.