Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 40 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI РThe Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 40 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba, today after they were interdicted during five separate events.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Drummond interdicted a go-fast vessel with 19 Cuban migrants aboard 67 miles south of Key West, Fla., Monday. Two suspected smugglers were transferred to Customs and Border Protection agents in Key West for further investigation.

The crew of the cutter Drummond located and rescued five Cuban migrants from a rustic vessel 80 miles southwest of Key West Sunday.

In response to a good Samaritan reporting he had located a rustic vessel, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak rescued seven Cuban migrants from a rustic vessel 37 miles northeast of Camaguey, Cuba, Sunday.

The crew of the cutter Oak recovered six Cuban migrants after a good Samaritan vessel rescued them 70 miles east of Marathon, Fla., Saturday.

Cutter Drummond crewmembers rescued four Cuban migrants from a rustic vessel 20 miles northeast of Havana, Cuba, Saturday.

One Cuban migrant is pending transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Since October, 1, 2007, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 1,540 Cuban migrants in the Straits of Florida. Once aboard cutters migrants receive food, water, shelter and any necessary medical treatment.

The cutter Kodiak Island and Drummond are 110-foot patrol boats homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla. and Key West.

The cutter Oak is a 225-foot sea going buoy tender homeported in Charleston, S.C.

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