Six groups of Cuban migrants arrive in the Florida Keys

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A small, rustic Cuban migrant vessel ran aground in shallow water off the Florida Keys on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

A small, rustic Cuban migrant vessel ran aground in shallow water off the Florida Keys on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Six groups of people from Cuba arrived in the Florida Keys over the weekend, according to the US Border Patrol.

A total of 58 people from Cuba arrived along the island chain in rustic vessels, said Adam Hoffner, Miami operations division chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Details of the landings were not immediately released.

The arrivals of the six distinct groups are part of a continued increase in maritime migration to South Florida from Cuba and Haiti. Since Oct. 1, the Border Patrol said 104 groups of migrants from both countries have landed in Florida.

SEE: How do migrants get to South Florida? Photos of their boats tell the story

And the Coast Guard said it has arrested 1,609 people at sea from Cuba since early October, the most interceptions of migrants from the communist nation the service has conducted in seven years.

On Saturday, the Coast Guard said it returned 75 people to Cuba who were caught at sea during three different ports of call between last Sunday and Tuesday.

This developing story will be updated.

This story was originally published May 9, 2022 1:55 p.m.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Prior to joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Delaware.

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