Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection interdict 13 migrants near Dania Pier

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement file photo.

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement file photo.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard and, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations units, interdicted 13 Cuban migrants approximately 1 mile off of Dania Pier, Wednesday.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Miami Command Center received a report at approximately 9:40 a.m. of a rustic migrant vessel near Dania Beach. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew, which arrived on scene shortly after.

“Training, skill and commitment of our agents allows us to safely interdict these migrants attempting to enter the country illegally,” said William Gibbon, director of the Miami Air and Marine Branch. “Our partnerships, and the commitment of our highly trained and skilled agents resulted in another safe migrant interdiction.”

Two CBP marine crews and the Station Fort Lauderdale crew arrived on scene, interdicted and safely embarked them to a Coast Guard cutter.

“This quick action by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine units stopping this vessel, and coordination by Coast Guard assets who were on scene immediately after helped facilitate the safe interdiction of this illegal migration attempt,” said Commander Jason Aleksak, Chief of Response for Coast Guard Sector Miami.

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