Coast Guard repatriates 8 Cuban migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish repatriated eight Cuban migrants interdicted during two separate cases since Wednesday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday.

A Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., smallboat crew located a rustic vessel with three Cuban migrants and one legal permanent resident approximately 11 miles east of Islamorada Thursday. The three Cuban migrants were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island and the one legal permanent resident was brought ashore.

A C-130 aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., located an orange raft with an unknown number of persons aboard approximately 40 miles south of Key West, Fla., Wednesday. The crew of the Pea Island was diverted, and once on scene, embarked the five Cuban migrants.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants are provided food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

For 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.

The Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.
The Sawfish is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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