Coast Guard Interdicts 65 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 65 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cubanãs, Cuba, Sunday, who were interdicted at sea in three seperate events between Nov. 24 and 27.

The crew of the cutter Knight Island interdicted 31 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers from a go-fast vessel 73 miles south of Key West, Fla., Tuesday.

The crew of the Cutter Escanaba interdicted a go-fast vessel carrying 31 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers six miles south of Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas, Nov. 26. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami deployed with the Escanaba, tracked the vessel until the Escanaba crew could intercept the vessel. The two suspected smugglers were transferred to Customs and Border Protection officials in Key West. One migrant was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Good Samaritan vessel reported a rustic vessel near Marathon, Fla., November 24 and crewmembers from Station Marathon interdicted the six Cuban migrants from the vessel 1.5 miles south of Marathon.

In addition to the three interdictions, Coast Guard crews also disprupted seven attempted smuggling operations and turned 12 suspected smugglers over to CBP officials during the last seven days.

The Cutter Knight Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Cutter Escanaba is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, Mass.

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