Coast Guard repatriates 22 Cuban migrants

US Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke

Cutter Ocracoke - USCG File Photo

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke repatriated 22 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., watchstanders received notification from a good Samaritan that they were on scene with a rustic vessel with Cuban migrants aboard approximately 12 miles southeast of Boca Chica Key,Fla., Sunday. A Coast Guard Station Key West boatcrew was launched, and once on scene, embarked the 12 Cuban migrants.

While on routine patrol, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircraft crew located a rustic vessel approximately 15 miles north of Mariel, Cuba, Sunday evening. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island was diverted, and once alongside the rustic vessel, provided life jackets and safely embarked the 10 Cuban migrants.

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.

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

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

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