Coast Guard repatriates 17 Cuban migrants

7th Coast Guard District News
MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 17 Cuban migrants interdicted during two separate events to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., command center received notification Friday from a good Samaritan that located a rustic vessel with Cuban migrants, south of Marathon, Fla.

A smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Marathon arrived on scene and safely embarked the eight Cuban migrants. The migrants were safely transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, then to the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island and then to the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne for repatriation.

On Thursday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, command center received notification from a good Samaritan that located a raft with Cuban migrants, south of Key West.

A smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Key West arrived on scene and embarked the nine Cuban migrants and destroyed the rustic vessel as it posed a danger to navigation. The nine Cuban migrants were safely transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, then to the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island, and then to the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne for repatriation.

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

The Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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

The Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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.

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