Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark repatriates 66 Cuban migrants

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark repatriated 66 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday.

This repatriation was a result of four separate migrant interdiction events this week.

On Monday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report of an unseaworthy vessel with possible migrants aboard south of Key West. The Coast Guard cutter Pea Island crew located the vessel and embarked 13 Cuban migrants.

The second migrant interdiction occurred on Monday after sector Key West watchstanders received a report of a wooden  rowboat south of Big Pine Key, Fla. A Coast Guard Station Marathon smallboat crew was launched to the scene and safely embarked five Cuban migrants.

The third migrant interdiction occurred the same day after sector Key West watchstanders received a report of an unseaworthy raft with possible migrants aboard south of Marquesas, Fla. A Coast Guard Station Key West smallboat crew was launched and safely embarked 25 Cuban migrants.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark make their way to Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., June 29, 2013. The Paul Clark is the sixth vessel in the Coast Guard’s sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) fleet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney)

The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney

The fourth interdiction also occurred on Monday after sector Key West received a report of an unseaworthy vessel with migrants aboard south of Marathon, Fla. A Coast Guard Station Marathon smallboat crew arrived on scene and safely embarked 23 migrants for repatriation.

The 66 migrants were then transferred to the cutter Paul Clark for repatriation.

“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,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response enforcement. “Attempting to cross the Florida Straits in a homemade raft or vessel is inherently dangerous. These 66 migrants were without a doubt rescued from the perils of the sea.”

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.

The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark is a 154-foot fast response cutter, homeported in Miami.

The cutter Paul Clark is one of the 58 new, Sentinel-class fast response cutters replacing the Island-class patrol boats. The FRC will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. The speed and stability of the FRC deliver tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.

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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2 Comments

  1. Joanne Kropp says:

    Crew of the USCGC Paul Clark,

    I knew you would do great things. Very proud of all of you.

    Joanne

  2. RON CASTROVINCI says:

    TO THE CREW.
    WELL DONE, !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOOKING FOWARD TO SEEING YOU IN JANUARY.

    RON
    JOANNE’S UNCLE