Coast Guard repatriates 15 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 15 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report Monday from a good Samaritan of a disabled 20-foot vessel south of Dry Tortugas, Fla., with Cuban migrants aboard. The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark responded to the report and safely embarked the migrants.

“The Coast Guard and our partner agencies continue to diligently patrol the waters around the United States to deter illegal migrant activity,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of enforcement. “Our main concern is the safety of life at sea. When migrants put their lives in the hands of smugglers, or take to the sea aboard unseaworthy vessels, they put their lives at grave risk.”

The migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island for repatriation.

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.

The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark is a 154-foot fast response cutter, homeported in Miami.

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

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