Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns to Key West, Fla.

7th Coast Guard District NewsKEY WEST, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returned to its homeport of Key West Saturday following a successful two-month patrol.

Mohawk, with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis aboard, spent two months patrolling the waters of the Florida Straits and Windward Passage. During this time, the Mohawk crew safely repatriated 198 migrants. The crew rescued migrants from unseaworthy vessels and provided food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

For the first month, Mohawk’s crew patrolled off the coast of the Florida Keys. In a single day, Mohawk’s crew, along with other Coast Guard units, interdicted five rafts. On another occasion, Mohawk transferred nine migrants who were picked up from a raft in rough seas by a cruise ship. In total, the cutter served as a temporary shelter for 93 Cuban migrants.

For the second month of the patrol, Mohawk’s crew traveled to the waters off Haiti. The cutter served as a temporary shelter for 105 Haitian migrants over the course of the month. During that time, Mohawk made two trips into Cap Haitien, Haiti, to repatriate migrants.

In addition to undocumented migration interdiction operations, Mohawk’s crew also partnered with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. A boarding team from Mohawk along with a Bahamian ship rider discovered more than 5,000 pounds of lobster in the hold of a Dominican fishing vessel that had been observed fishing illegally in Bahamian waters. Mohawk’s boarding team remained aboard the fishing vessel for three days until a Bahamian ship could get on scene to seize the vessel and take it along with the poachers to Nassau, Bahamas, for prosecution.

The cutter Mohawk is a 270-foot, medium endurance cutter responsible for conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security missions throughout the Caribbean Sea.

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