Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island returns home after 21-day deployment

KEY WEST, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island returned to Key West Sunday following a 21-day deployment. The crew worked for Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico conducting alien migrant interdiction operations, counter-narcotics efforts, living marine resource enforcement, ports waterways and coastal security, and supported search-and-rescue missions. Crewmembers also worked to support earthquake relief operations off the coast of Haiti.

During their patrol, the crew of the Pea Island interdicted a vessel 15 miles southwest of Puerto Rico with eight Dominican migrants attempting to illegally enter Puerto Rico. After bringing the migrants aboard the Pea Island, the crew identified one of the migrants who had attempted to enter the U.S. multiple times. The crew transferred the migrant to authorities in Puerto Rico for further investigation and possible prosecution by the U.S. Attorneys Office and repatriated the remaining seven migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In support of earthquake response efforts, the crew of the Pea Island patrolled the north coast of Haiti compiling images of the coastline and several ports to assess damages caused by the earthquake.

"This was a great opportunity for the crew to see a broad range of Coast Guard missions," said Lt. Emile Cochet, commanding officer of the Pea Island. "I could not be happier with the outstanding inter-agency coordination during our time working for Sector San Juan. I am also very pleased that we were able to take part in such a tremendous operation supporting the people of Haiti."

Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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