Coast Guard Repatriates 49 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI РThe crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island repatriated 49 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba today at 10 a.m.

On February 4, the crew of the Cutter Tempest interdicted 4 Cuban migrants on a rustic vessel 53 miles southeast of Key West, Fla.

On February 3, the crew of an HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., located 17 Cuban migrants on a rustic vessel approximately 60 miles southwest of Key West. They were picked up by the crew from the Cutter Knight Island. The migrants were later transferred to the Cutter Venturous. At the request of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service, one of the 17 migrants will be taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for further disposition.

An aircrew with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Patrol spotted a rustic vessel with 10 Cuban migrants on board 30 miles south of Marathon, Fla. The Cutter Tempest was dispatched to the location and embarked all the migrants.

On February 1, the crew on an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami spotted a rustic vessel 51 miles southwest of Key West with 19 Cuban migrants on board. The Cutter Tornado was diverted to intercept the migrants, once on scene, the crew of the Tornado embarked all the migrants.

Once on board Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water and any necessary medical treatment.

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

The cutter Tornado is a 179-foot patrol coastal boat homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

The cutter Tempest is a 179-foot patrol coastal boat homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

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

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

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