Coast Guard rescues 7 Cuban migrants stranded off a 100-foot cliff in Mona Island, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard rescues 7 Cuban migrants stranded off a 100-foot cliff in Mona Island, Puerto Rico
One of seven suspected migrants is hoisted to safety off the rocks of Mona Island, Puerto Rico, by an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 helicopter crew, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard video)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter rescued seven Cuban migrants Thursday, who were stranded on a rock formation at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff off Mona Island, Puerto Rico. “These...

Coast Guard rescues 8 Cuban migrants stranded on Monito Island, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard rescues 8 Cuban migrants stranded on Monito Island, Puerto Rico
The crew of a Coast Guard Cutter Resolute cutter boat prepares to rescue eight Cuban migrants stranded at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on Monito Island, Puerto Rico, March 11, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –Coast Guard cutters and rescue helicopters rescued eight Cuban migrants from Monito Island, Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon following a two-day rescue effort in the Mona...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Coast Guard rescues 33 suspected migrants east of Boca inlet

Coast Guard rescues 33 suspected migrants east of Boca inlet
MIAMI — Coast Guard has rescued 33 suspected migrants who jumped in the water from their grossly overloaded vessel 7 miles east of Boca Inlet, Florida. A Coast Guard crew embarks a group of suspected migrants seven miles east of Boca Inlet, Florida, Oct. 29, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo. The suspected migrants were spotted by a Coast Guard C-130 aircrew that is searching for two missing Cuban migrants...

9 suspected migrants rescued in water near Turkey Point

9 suspected migrants rescued in water near Turkey Point
MIAMI — Nine suspected migrants were rescued Monday in the water near Turkey Point in Biscayne Bay, Florida as Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to search for two people in the water. The crew aboard the tug boat Eagle notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of a man in the water clinging to debris shortly after 10 a.m. Monday. A MH-65 Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station...

Coast Guard repatriates 43 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard repatriates 43 Cuban migrants
MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 43 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of three separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States. A small boatcrew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton interdicts three Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel south of Key West, Florida,...