Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 24 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Drummond repatriated 24 Cuban migrants Friday to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

The migrants were rescued from a rustic vessel Tuesday that was interdicted by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin about four miles south of Loggerhead Key, Fla.

Within the last 24 hours, 20 more Cuban migrants were interdicted at sea in the Florida Straits in three separate cases.

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

“Historically we see an increase in attempts by Cuban migrants to illegally enter the United States during the summer months,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “We continually adjust the deployment of our surface and air assets to provide the most effective force lay-down and maximize interdictions. Each repatriation and each prosecution of migrant smugglers, and those who aid them, sends a clear deterrent message. We hope that message resonates with not only those considering an attempt to illegally enter the Unites States from the sea, we hope it rings equally true for those who encourage this dangerous and illegal activity.”

The Drummond is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.
The Yellowfin is a 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Charleston, S.C.

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