Coast Guard repatriates 25 Cuban migrants

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 25 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

The migrants were interdicted as a result of two law enforcement cases beginning Dec. 27.

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received notification from a good Samaritan who located a rustic vessel south of Marathon, Fla., with 11 Cuban migrants aboard Dec. 27.

Coast Guard Station Marathon launched a smallboat crew to respond. Once on scene, the crew embarked the migrants and later transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne.

Coast Guard Sector Key West received notification from a good Samaritan who was on scene with a rustic vessel south of Matecumbe Key, Fla., carrying 14 Cuban migrants Dec. 28.

Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., launched a smallboat crew that embarked the migrants and later transferred them to the cutter Key Biscayne.

All 25 migrants were later transferred to the cutter Knight Island for repatriation.

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

“Migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States by boat often travel aboard dangerously overloaded and ill-equipped vessels,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “People aboard these vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk, so the Coast Guard and our partner agencies will continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea.”

The Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.

The Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.

Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island file photo by  Petty Officer Krystyna Hannum

Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island file photo by Petty Officer Krystyna Hannum

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