Coast Guard repatriates 42 Dominicans to La Romana, Dominican Republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur repatriated 42 Dominican migrants to La Romana, Dominican Republic Friday, while 17 others were detained for prosecution following two at-sea interdictions by Department of Homeland Security and Puerto Rico law enforcement authorities Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday’s Interdiction:

The crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Caribbean Air & Marine Branch fixed-wing aircraft located a migrant yola Wednesday night while patrolling Mona Passage waters, west of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Puerto Rico Police marine units responded to the scene and interdicted a 25-foot yola with 42 Dominican migrants onboard Wednesday, approximately three nautical miles west of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan controllers diverted Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur to assist at the scene. The crew of the Chandeleur embarked 42 Dominicans, 39 men and three women, including one who was pregnant.

The crew of the Chandeleur collected the biographic information, digital fingerprints and facial photograph, from the interdicted migrants, and also detained 10 Dominican men for attempting to enter illegally into the United States or a U.S. Territory on at least two occasions. The United States Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico accepted to prosecute their cases.

After completing the interdiction, Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur turned custody of the 10 detained Dominican migrants over to Border Patrol agents Thursday at the Puerto Rico Police Marine Station in Añasco, Puerto Rico.

Tuesday’s Interdiction:

The crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Caribbean Air & Marine Branch fixed-wing aircraft located a migrant yola Tueday night while patrolling Mona Passage waters, southwest of Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan controllers diverted Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague to the scene. The crew of the Chincoteague interdicted the 25-foot grossly overloaded yola and embarked 17 Dominicans, 15 men and two women.

The Chincoteague’s crew collected the biographic information, digital fingerprints and facial photograph, from the interdicted migrants, and they detained seven Dominican men for attempting to enter illegally into the United States or a U.S. Territory on at least two occasions. The United States Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico accepted to prosecute their cases.

After completing the interdiction, Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague turned custody of the seven detained Dominican migrants Wednesday to Border Patrol agents at the Puerto Rico Police Marine Station in Añasco, Puerto Rico. The crew of the Chincoteague also rendezvoused with Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur and transferred the remaining 10 migrants onboard to repatriate them back to the Dominican Republic.

Friday’s Repatriation:

The crew of the Chandeleur repatriated the remaining 42 Dominican migrants from Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s interdictions Friday morning and transferred their custody over to Dominican Republic navy authorities in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard Cutter’s Chincoteague and Chandeleur are 110-foot patrol boats homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami Fla. respectively.

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