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Background: An American freighter returned to Florida Monday (29 April) with 675 Cuban refugees...after delivering a new shipment of food and medical supplies to Cuba.The shipment of 8-thousand tons of food and medicine was part of 62-million dollars in ransom paid to the Castro regime for the release last December of 1,113 Bay of Pigs invasion prisoners.
The Cuban exiles arrived at Port Everglades, Florida...fifteen miles from Miami...aboard the freighter, American Surveyor.Among them were 278 women, 231 men and 166 children...about half of whom were Cuban-born naturalized American citizens who had been living in Cuba.
A ten-member Red Cross team of doctors and nurses was also aboard the ship...to care for the ill and wounded.The voyage from Havana was a rough one...and many of the travellers suffered from seasickness.Relatives and friends were on hand to welcome the refugees.Some of the Cubans came in wheelchairs.They were taken by bus to Opalaca Air Base near Miami...where other relatives waited.
Most of the refugees said that although the majority of Cubans opposed the Castro regime...there seemed to be no chance of a successful overthrow of Castro without the help of the United States.They said the regime is waging a campaign of extermination against rebel bands...and that Soviet personnel have saturated parts of Cuba.
The American Surveyor is the fourth ship to take ransom goods to Cuba and bring back refugees since the beginning of the year.The African Pilot returned with 922, the Shirley Lykes with 1,170 and the Santa Cerro with 746.Several hundred others were brought back aboard planes.