Coast Guard Interdicts 44 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak repatriated 44 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cubanãs, Cuba, Wednesday who were interdicted in three separate events Friday and Saturday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island interdicted a go-fast vessel carrying 20 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers 130 miles northwest of Key West, Fla., Saturday. A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami and a Customs and Border Protection fixed wing aircraft were able to track the vessel until the Knight Island crew could interdict. The two suspected smugglers were transferred to CBP officials.

Crewmembers aboard a law enforcement vessel from Coast Guard Station Key West interdicted 16 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers from a go-fast 23 miles south of Key West, Friday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute located the vessel 48 miles south of Key West and a C-130 Hercules from Air Station Clearwater monitored until the vessel was stopped. The suspected smugglers were transferred to CBP officials.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island interdicted a go-fast vessel with eight Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers Friday, 12 miles southwest of Key West. The two suspected smugglers were later transferred to CBP officials.

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