Coast Guard repatriates 13 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 13 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.

During a routine patrol, the crew aboard a Coast Guard Ocean Sentry aircraft spotted a suspected migrant vessel south of Marquesas Keys, Fla., Saturday. The crew reported the vessel to Coast Guard Sector Key West and remained on scene until a patrolling vessel responded.

The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores arrived on scene and safely embarked the Cuban migrants.

The migrants were later transferred to the Knight Island for repatriation.

“As the primary federal maritime law enforcement agency, the Coast Guard is tasked with interdicting undocumented migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally by sea,” said Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander. “Migrants who travel aboard ill-equipped vessels or smuggled aboard go-fast boats are putting their lives at extreme risk. Our migrant interdiction patrols help save lives by deterring dangerous illegal migrant activity and removing migrants from unsafe environments.”

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

The cutter William Flores is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, homeported in Miami.

The cutter Knight Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West, Fla.

The Flores is the third of 58 new Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters. The FRC will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. The speed and stability of the FRC delivers tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.

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.

Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island file photo by Petty Officer Krystyna Hannum

Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island file photo by Petty Officer Krystyna Hannum

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