Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket Returns Home After Busy 19 Days

Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket WPB-1316

Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket file photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket returned home Thursday at 9 a.m., after a successful 19-day patrol in the Florida Straits.

During the patrol, Nantucket crewmembers interdicted 25 undocumented migrants and two suspected smugglers during three incidents.

On Jan. 16, the crew interdicted a go-fast vessel with two suspected smugglers and six Cuban migrants aboard approximately 45 miles south of Key West, Fla. The two suspected smugglers were transferred to Customs and Border Protection officials in Key West.

The Nantucket crew assisted the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish crew to interdict two rustic vessels Jan. 21, one with seven Cuban migrants aboard approximately 60 miles south of Marquesas, Fla., and one with eight Cuban migrants aboard 34 miles south of Key West, Fla.

Once onboard a Coast Guard Cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

“Disrupting human smuggling and stemming the flow of illegal migration is a key part of the Coast Guard’s efforts to secure America’s southern maritime border,” said Lt. Andrew Pate, Nantucket’s commanding officer. “I couldn’t be more proud of the high morale, operational excellence and efficiency displayed by the crew during a very productive patrol.”

The Nantucket is a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg and is crewed by 16 enlisted and two officers. The cutter’s crew regularly conducts search-and-rescue, law enforcement, alien migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, and ports, waterways and coastal security missions throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

The Sawfish is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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