Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriates 3 Haitian migrants

USCG file photo

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated three Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Wednesday.

On Jan. 18, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon jet crew spotted a go-fast vessel traveling toward South Florida from the Bahamas.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement vessel was launched, and intercepted the vessel four miles east of Hillsboro Inlet, Fla.

Once on scene, the Station Fort Lauderdale boatcrew discovered 10 people aboard the go-fast: two suspected smugglers, four Cuban migrants and four Haitian migrants.

The two suspected smugglers were transferred to Customs and Border Protection authorities. The four Cuban migrants were repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday.

One of the four Haitian migrants was transferred ashore to CBP officials due to medical concerns. The remaining three Haitian migrants were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant for repatriation.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, migrants are provided food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

The cutter Valiant is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Miami.

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