Coast Guard repatriates 25 Cuban migrants

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island repatriated 25 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday morning.

The 25 Cuban migrants were interdicted at sea during three separate cases since Wednesday.

A good Samaritan notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Friday afternoon that he was on scene with a plastic foam raft with two male Cuban migrants aboard about 8 miles east of Islamorada, Fla. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket arrived on scene and safely embarked the two Cuban migrants, who were later transferred to the utter Pea Island.

An Air Station Clearwater, Fla., C-130 aircrew spotted a rustica about 30 miles north of Mariel, Cuba, Wednesday morning. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke interdicted the vessel and embarked all 19 Cuban migrants (17 males and two females), who were later transferred to the cutter Pea Island.

A Customs and Border Protection aircrew spotted a raft about 17 miles east of Sands Cut, Fla., Wednesday morning. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak arrived on scene and safely embarked all four male Cuban migrants, who were later transferred to the cutter Pea Island.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

The cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

The cutter Nantucket is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The cutter Ocracoke is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg.

The cutter Sitkinak is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami.

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