Coast Guard rescues 16 Cuban migrants, repatriates them to la Romana, Dominican Republic

Coast Guard rescues 16 Cuban migrants, repatriates them to la Romana, Dominican Republic
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark repatriated 16 Cubans to La Romana, Dominican Republic Friday, following an at-sea migrant interdiction and rescue in the Mona Passage by Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities Wednesday night. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico is charging two Dominican Republic nationals from the interdicted vessel to...

Coast Guard warns illegal passenger vessel operators of stiff fines and penaltie

Coast Guard warns illegal passenger vessel operators of stiff fines and penaltie
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Coast Guard warns recreational and commercial boaters of stiff fines and penalties for conducting illegal passenger transport operations in the Port of San Juan during Saint Sebastian Festival celebrations from 15 to 18 January. Coast Guard boat crews and maritime security officers on land will be increasing security patrols throughout the planned festivities to guarantee...

US Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

US Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida
The U.S. diplomatic opening with Cuba has spurred a seemingly unintended consequence: A flood of Cubans taking to makeshift rafts to get to the United States illegally due to concerns that a quick path to legal residency may end. The Coast Guard said Monday that it stopped 481 Cuban migrants in 37 events in December. That’s up 117 percent from December 2013, with most of them attempting to come...

Kiln, Mississippi-based Coast Guard unit deploys to Guantanamo Bay

Kiln, Mississippi-based Coast Guard unit deploys to Guantanamo Bay
NEW ORLEANS — Seventy-four members of the Kiln, Mississippi-based Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308 have deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to support Operation Enduring Freedom, Monday. Members of PSU 308 will be working to maintain a continuous maritime force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo Bay. The unit will directly support the commander of Joint Task Force...

Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants interdicted at sea in past week

Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants interdicted at sea in past week
MIAMI — The Coast Guard repatriated 121 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday interdicted in seven separate events in the past week. All seven interdictions included unseaworthy, homemade vessels that posed significant risk to the migrants attempting to make the perilous journey. The Coast Guard has increased patrols in the Florida Straits in response to the surge of illegal migration...

Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark offloads $3.7 million worth of marijuana

Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark offloads $3.7 million worth of marijuana
MIAMI – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark offloaded approximately 4,100 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $3.7 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Wednesday. While on a routine patrol, a Joint Interagency Task Force South maritime patrol aircraft detected a suspicious go-fast vessel south of Jamaica. The crew aboard the aircraft notified the crew of the Paul...

Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle open for free tours in Boston

Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle open for free tours in Boston
BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle is scheduled to be open to the public for free tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, at Rowes Wharf in Boston. The Grand Isle, a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat homeported in Gloucester, Massachusetts, is slated to arrive in Boston Harbor at 10 a.m., Wednesday, and will be providing maritime security for First Night Boston 2015. “We are happy to provide...

Coast Guard, Navy interdict, seize $331 million of cocaine

Coast Guard, Navy interdict, seize $331 million of cocaine
SAN DIEGO — More than eight and half tons of cocaine seized or recovered in fourteen interdictions in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean were offloaded from the USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) Friday and turned over to federal officials as evidence in the prosecution of suspected smugglers. Another two tons of contraband seized in five additional cases in the Eastern Pacific region were...

Statement by the Coast Guard on Cuba policy changes

Statement by the Coast Guard on Cuba policy changes
MIAMI — Coast Guard missions and operations in the Southeast remain unchanged. The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea. These trips are extremely dangerous. Individuals located at sea may be returned to Cuba.