Coast Guard Cutter Resolute Returns From Busy Patrol

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, homeported in St. Petersburg, is scheduled to return home Oct. 5 at 9 a.m., after a busy 45-day patrol in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Resolute first patrolled the Gulf of Mexico, working with the Eighth Coast Guard District, conducting fisheries patrols that enforce fishing and safety regulations on commercial fishing vessels along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Resolute law-enforcement officers boarded 16 fishing vessels, terminated the voyages of three fishing vessels, and cited four others for safety and fishing violations.

In its final weeks of patrol, Resolute was tasked with Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations. The crew patrolled the seas between Key West and Cuba and the Windward Pass, the body of water between Cuba and Haiti, searching for vessels attempting to illegally enter the United States.

Resolute worked closely with patrol boats in the area to aggressively detect and intercept northbound go-fast vessels and rafts departing Cuba. During a 20-day period, the crew interdicted a Cuban vessel overloaded with 21 Cuban migrants, and provided humanitarian care for 101 Cuban migrants, 11 Haitian migrants and four Bulgarian migrants aboard Resolute. All migrants received food, water, shelter and medical attention while aboard the Resolute.

While patrolling the Windward Pass Resolute crewmembers aided two vessels in distress. The crew first received a call from a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flight crew, reporting crewmembers waving their arms on a vessel near Hogsty Reef, Bahamas. Resolute arrived on-scene and rescued seven Haitians from their vessel, the Neo Soul, which had been adrift without food or water for five days. All seven Haitians were transferred to the Bahamian government in Great Inagua, Bahamas, who arranged for them to travel home.

The same night, Resolute responded to a distress call from a Haitian vessel taking on water. Resolute crewmembers coordinated efforts with a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to give the vessel a pump for dewatering. Resolute escorted the vessel back to a safe harbor on the Ile de la Tortue, Haiti.

“This was a very busy and exciting patrol in which Resolute crewmembers truly participated and excelled in the Coast Guard’s missions of law-enforcement, national defense operations and search and rescue,” said Cmdr. G. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Resolute.

Resolute is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter and has a crew of 12 officers and 68 enlisted personnel.

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