Coast Guard repatriates 172 Haitian migrants

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous repatriated 172 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.

While on patrol Saturday, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew spotted an overloaded Haitian sail freighter near the Bahamas. The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Northland and Vigorous arrived on scene and distributed life jackets. The Vigorous crew embarked 112 Haitian migrants.

While on patrol Friday, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew spotted an overloaded Haitian sail freighter near the Bahamas. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence was diverted and interdicted the sail freighter north of Punta Maisi, Cuba. Confidence crewmembers provided life jackets and safely embarked 60 Haitian migrants.

The Haitian migrants were later transferred to the cutter Vigorous for repatriation.

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

For 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.

The Coast Guard Cutter Confidence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla.

The Coast Guard Cutter Northland is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Cape May, N.J.

Related Posts

Comments are closed.