Coast Guard repatriates 23 Cuban migrants

The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island and three Dominican Navy vessels conduct a training exercise off the coast of Catuano, Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island file photo

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 23 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday.

While on a routine patrol, the crew of the Kodiak Island intercepted a rustic vessel with 14 Cuban migrants aboard north of Mariel, Cuba, Monday. Kodiak Island crewmembers safely embarked the Cuban migrants.

Crewmembers from the cruise ship Allure of the Seas located a rustic vessel in danger of sinking with nine Cuban migrants aboard north of Mariel Saturday.  The nine Cuban migrants were brought aboard the cruise ship and further transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island.

“We are grateful for the crew of the Allure of the Seas who assisted us in this rescue,” said Capt. Peter Brown, chief of response operations for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “Their assistance prevented a life-threatening situation from becoming a tragic loss of life.”

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

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