Coast Guard Interdicts 68 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 68 undocumented Cuban migrants from five separate interdictions to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, Tuesday.

A Good Samaritan located a rustic vessel Friday morning with three migrants eight miles southeast of Alligator Reef Light in Islamorada, Fla., and contacted the Coast Guard. The Good Samaritan left the migrant vessel before a Coast Guard boat from Station Islamorada arrived on scene. A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft flying in support of migrant interdiction operations was used to relocate the rustic vessel and helped the Coast Guard crew find the vessel and transfer three migrants to safety.

The Cutter Chandeleur, with the assistance of an HU-25 Falcon jet crew, located a go-fast dead in the water Friday evening with 29 migrants and two suspected smugglers aboard. The migrants and suspected smugglers were transferred safely to the cutter.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West were notified Thursday by the crew of the USNS Lawrence H. Gianella of 13 migrants on a rustic vessel 300 miles west of Naples, Fla. The Lawrence H. Gianella crew rescued the migrants and treated them for mild dehydration. The migrants were later transferred to the Cutter Elm.

The crew of the tug Ann T. Cheramie, located a go-fast dead in the water July 31 with 18 migrants and one suspected smuggler 27 miles southwest of Cabo San Antonio, Cuba. The 19 undocumented migrants were later transferred to the Cutter Diligence.

A Good Samaritan located a rustic vessel July 30 with six migrants 19 miles south Marathon, Fla. A Station Marathon crew embarked the six migrants and later transferred them to the Cutter Decisive.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water and any necessary medical attention.

The Cutter Elm is a 225-foot seagoing buoy-tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
The Cutter Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Cutter Chandeleur is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami.
The Decisive is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Pascaguola, Miss.
The Diligence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C.

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