Coast Guard repatriates 48 Cuban migrants

US Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke

Cutter Ocracoke - USCG File Photo

MIAMI — Coast Guard crews repatriated 48 Cuban migrants interdicted during five separate events to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday and Friday.

 

The crew of the cruise ship Navigator of the Seas located a rustic vessel with Cuban migrants aboard approximately 29 miles north of Havana Sunday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke was diverted, and once on scene, safely embarked 23 Cuban migrants.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer intercepted a 19-foot raft with seven Cuban migrants aboard approximately 25 miles southeast of Key Largo, Fla., March 31. The crew of the Spencer safely embarked the Cuban migrants and destroyed the vessel, as it posed a danger to navigation.

An Air Station Miami HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft crew located a rustic vessel about 27 miles northeast of Mariel, Cuba, March 30. The crew of the Ocracoke arrived on scene and embarked three Cuban migrants.

Thirty Cuban migrants were repatriated by the crew of the Kodiak Island. Two Cuban migrants are awaiting further disposition and one Cuban migrant was brought ashore for emergency medical treatment.

An Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon aircraft crew located a rustic vessel approximately 15 miles north of Havana March 31. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island arrived on scene and embarked eight Cuban migrants.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive interdicted a rustic vessel with 10 Cuban migrants aboard about 18 miles north of Punta Maisi, Cuba, March 27.

The 18 Cuban migrants were repatriated by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke Sunday.

“The Coast Guard patrols continually to find and rescue those who put to sea in unseaworthy and often overloaded craft, and we appreciate the support of professional mariners and recreational boaters who respond to sightings of people in distress,” said Capt. Peter Brown, chief of response, Seventh Coast Guard District. “We urge family members here in the U.S. to plead with loved ones overseas who might wish to immigrate to the U.S. to do so through lawful and safe means.”

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 a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The cutter Spencer is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Boston.

The cutter Decisive is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

The cutters Knight Island and Kodiak Island are 110-foot patrol boats homeported in Key West.

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

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