Coast Guard Cutter Thetis crew returns home from 45-day patrol

Coast Guard District 7 NewsKEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, returned to their homeport of Key West Saturday morning.

During the 45-day patrol, the Thetis crew conducted law enforcement and homeland security missions.

The Thetis crew interdicted 39 Haitian migrants and provided them with food, water, shelter and basic medical care before repatriating them.

Following a five-day mid-patrol maintenance period, the Thetis crew spent two weeks patrolling the waters of the Western Caribbean Sea. The primary mission was the interdiction of drugs into the central Caribbean and the United States.

To finish the patrol, the Thetis crew towed a 60-foot sailing vessel back to the U.S. after being stopped and seized by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence for smuggling more than 750 pounds of cocaine. The five suspects and vessel were transferred to Customs and Border Protection officials in Miami. The seized contraband was transferred to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla.

The Tahoma is a multi-mission, 270-foot medium endurance cutter responsible for conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security missions throughout the Caribbean Sea.

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