The head of Red Cross Operations in Cienfuegos, Nadiezka Carvajal, said that "of the 141 people traveling on the boat, over capacity and in precarious conditions, 22 are children, and there are pregnant women and elderly people".
According to the testimony of one of the castaways, the boat's objective was to reach Florida, in the United States (U.S.A.), which was frustrated due to the deteriorated weather conditions.
The ship set sail from the island of Gonâve, located west of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, and landed after eight days of navigation on the southern coast of Cienfuegos, located some 233 kilometers from Havana.
Over a hundred Haitian migrants received medical assistance in Cienfuegos after arriving on Friday afternoon to the coast of the province.
For their part, the migrants received the corresponding medical care by Cuban health personnel, including assistance and a thorough check-up, at the Ismaelillo camp, where they will be installed.
As in previous cases, the Cuban government will establish contact with its Haitian counterpart in order to guarantee the safe and voluntary return of these people to their country in accordance with the provisions of international migratory treaties.
On May 25, around 800 Haitian migrants landed on a boat north of the central Cuban province of Villa Clara, after being shipwrecked for several days on their way to U.S. territory.