Coast Guard repatriates 24 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket WPB-1316

Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket file photo

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket repatriated 24 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

While on a routine patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island intercepted a rustic vessel with 24 Cuban migrants aboard south of Key West, Fla., Thursday. The crew of the Kodiak Island embarked the Cuban migrants and destroyed the rustic vessel as it posed a danger to navigation.

“There have been far too many cases where people have died while making these unsafe voyages,” said Capt. Peter Brown, chief of response operations for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “Our primary concern is for the safety of these migrants, who are putting their lives at extreme risk.”

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 Nantucket is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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