Coast Guard Repatriates 11 Cubans

MIAMI – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 11 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., were contacted by a good Samaritan stating they located a rustic vessel with 12 migrants aboard, eight miles south of Key West, Friday. A 33-foot Special Purpose Law Enforcement Craft from Station Key West arrived on scene and embarked all migrants without incident.

One migrant was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters migrants receive food, water, shelter and any necessary medical treatment.

“With the help of good Samaritans and a vigilant presence on the water, the Coast Guard continues to interdict and repatriate migrants who attempt to enter the U.S. illegally,” said Lt. j.g. Jessica Barbeau, a Coast Guard Seventh District law enforcement officer. “We encourage all mariners to keep a close lookout of maritime activities and report suspicious behavior to their local Coast Guard unit for action.”

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

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