Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriates 17 Cuban migrants

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriated eight Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday and nine Cuban migrants Tuesday.

Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrews detected two suspicious and unseawothy vessels in the Florida Straits. The aircrews vectored in Coast Guard surface assets who safely embarked the migrants. The migrants were later transferred to the Margaret Norvell for repatriation.

“The Coast Guard and our partner agencies continue to diligently patrol the waters around the United States to deter illegal migrant activity,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response enforcement for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “Our main concern is the safety of life at sea. When migrants put their lives in the hands of smugglers, or take to the sea aboard unseaworthy vessels, they put their lives at grave risk.”

The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, homeported in Miami.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the U.S., call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

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