Coast Guard repatriates 18 Cuban migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber repatriated 18 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.

This repatriation is a result of two separate law enforcement cases.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report from a crew aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 of a migrant vessel southwest of Key West, April 24. The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish and the Cutter Richard Etheridge arrived on scene and the Cutter Sawfish safely embarked six Cuban migrants.

On April 26,  Sector Key West received a report from a crew aboard a Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft of a rustic vessel southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla. The Cutter Richard Etheridge and the Cutter Sawfish were directed towards the location of the rustic vessel.The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish arrived on scene and safely embarked 12 Cuban migrants.

The migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber for repatriation.

“One of the Coast Guard’s missions in the Florida Straits is to protect our borders from illegal immigration,” said Cmdr. Christian Lee, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge. “In addition to deterring illegal migration, we also take the steps to promote and ensure the safety of life at sea. In both of these interdictions, the crews’ efforts on the Richard Etheridge and Sawfish saved the lives of the people aboard these unseaworthy vessels.”

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber is a 154-foot fast response cutter, homeported in Miami.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish is a 87-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West, Fla.

The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge is a 154 foot fast response cutter, homeported in Miami.

The Fast Response Cutters are 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 U.S., call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

 

A group of Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel were detected southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla., April 26, 2013. The crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish reported to the scene and safely embarked the migrants. (U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration.)

A group of Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel were detected southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla., April 26, 2013. The crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish arrived on scene and safely embarked the migrants. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration.

 

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