18 Cubans arrive to Honduras after 10 days at sea

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Posted: Dec 13, 2011 10:24 PM
18 Cubans arrive to Honduras after 10 days at sea

Eighteen U.S.-bound Cubans are in Honduras after spending 10 days at sea.

Honduran immigration spokesman Jose Barahona says the Cubans arrived on the island of Guanaja in the Caribbean on Tuesday. He says they left from the Cuban coastal town of Manzanillo on Dec. 4.

More than 1,200 Cubans have arrived in Honduras under similar circumstances over the last five years. Authorities often extend 15- or 30-day humanitarian visas to the immigrants.

Many wind up continuing their illegal journey, hiring smugglers to take them to the United States. Cuba and Honduras re-established diplomatic ties in 2001 after a nearly 40-year break.