Coast Guard repatriates 27 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island

USCG file photo

MIAMI – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island repatriated 27 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., command center received notification from the crew of the vessel Yankee Freedom II that they were on scene with a rustic vessel with Cuban migrants aboard and Cuban migrants in the water approximately 10 miles southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla., Thursday.

The crew of the Yankee Freedom II rescued 19 Cuban migrants from the water and maintained contact with the eight Cuban migrants remaining on the rustic vessel until Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assets arrived on scene.

Once on scene with the Yankee Freedom II, Coast Guard Station Key West boatcrews and the FWCC boatcrew safely embarked the 27 Cuban migrants aboard the FWCC vessel.

The 27 Cuban migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island.

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 Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

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

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