Coast Guard Repatriates 8 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated eight Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cubañas, Cuba, Sunday, who were interdicted at sea in two separate events during the past eight days.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant spotted a rustic vessel carrying five Cuban migrants Tuesday about 80 miles southwest of Key West, Fla. Vigilant crewmembers safely embarked the five Cuban migrants.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish spotted a rustic vessel carrying three Cuban migrants Feb. 24 about 70 miles southwest of Key West. Sawfish crewmembers safely embarked the three Cuban migrants.

All eight Cuban migrants were transferred to the Knight Island Saturday night.

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

The Vigilant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla.

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

The Sawfish is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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