MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke repatriated 46 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday morning.
This repatriation was a result of three separate migrant interdiction cases.
On September 2, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report from an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft of a rustic vessel south of Marathon, Fla., The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island responded to the report and safely embarked 11 Cuban migrants.
Later in the day, the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber detected, interdicted and safely embarked 18 Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel south of Marquesas Key, Fla.
On Wednesday, an aircrew aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 aircraft detected a rustic vessel south of Big Pine, Fla., and vectored in the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island to interdict. The Pea Island arrived on scene and safely embarked 17 Cuban migrants.
The migrants were later transported to the Ocracoke 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. “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.”
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.
The Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.
The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.
The Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber 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.