Coast Guard repatriates 10 Cuban migrants

USCG file photo

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish repatriated 10 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant located a rustic vessel with six Cuban migrants aboard in the Straits of Florida Sunday. The crew of the cutter Kodiak Island was diverted and, once on scene, safely embarked the Cuban migrants.

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., watchstanders received notification from a good Samaritan that they were on scene with a rustic vessel south of Florida Friday. The five Cuban migrants aboard the rustic vessel were brought aboard a Coast Guard Station Marathon smallboat and later transferred to the cutter Kodiak Island.

One Cuban migrant is awaiting further disposition.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The cutter Valiant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Miami.
The cutter Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.
The cutter Sawfish is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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