Coast Guard Repatriates 85 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – Coast Guard Cutters Dauntless and Drummond repatriated 85 Cuban migrants, who were interdicted at sea in four separate events, to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, Tuesday.

The aircrew on an Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, HH-65 helicopter deployed to Key West, Fla., spotted a go-fast vessel 62 miles southwest of Key West May 19. Coast Guard Cutter Drummond was diverted to that location where they embarked 20 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers. The two suspected smugglers were later transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection officials.

The crew of the Cutter Drummond interdicted 23 Cuban migrants on a rustic vessel 82 miles southwest of Key West May 18.

The Cutter Tempest’s crew located a rustic vessel with 13 Cuban migrants approximately 50 miles southeast of Key West May 17.

The crew of the Cutter Drummond intercepted a go-fast vessel 102 miles southwest of Key West May 17. The crew embarked 30 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers. The suspected smugglers were transferred via a Coast Guard Station Key West small boat to Customs and Border Protection officials in Key West.

“This repatriation is the end result of several successful interdictions at sea and demonstrates our resolve to secure our borders and to save lives at sea,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “The bottom line is we maintain a robust presence in the Florida Straits using a variety of surface and aviation assets and continually seek ways of deploying our forces to be the most effective.”

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Galveston, Texas.

The Coast Guard Cutter Drummond is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tempest is a 179-foot patrol boat homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

The Coast Guard Cutter Willow is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Newport, RI.

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