Coast Guard Repatriates 366 Haitian Migrants

MIAMI – The crew on the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute repatriated 366 Haitian migrants to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti today.

While conducting law enforcement operations April 27, the Cutter Resolute came upon a dangerously overloaded 50-foot Haitian sail-freighter 12 miles west of Great Inagua, Bahamas. Crewmembers launched a small boat and the 198 Haitians on board reported to the Coast Guard boarding team that they had recently left Isla de Tortue, Haiti and were en route Miami. All 198 people were issued life jackets and safely transfered to the cutter. The sail freighter was destroyed as a hazard to navigation.

On April 28, a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami were conducting an overflight and discovered a Haitian sail freighter 35 miles south of Great Inagua. An H-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater and the Cutters Resolute and Forward were quickly diverted to the location. Crews from the Resolute approached the vessel and discovered the vessel was sinking with 168 Haitians on board. All migrants were immediately transferred to the cutters for safety of life at sea issues. The vessel was destroyed.

All migrants receive food, water, shelter an basic medical care while on board the cutter.

During the month of April, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 704 Haitian migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally.

The Cutter Resolute is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Forward is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, VA.

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