Coast Guard repatriates 86 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti

The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island and three Dominican Navy vessels conduct a training exercise off the coast of Catuano, Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island file photo

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear repatriated 86 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Thursday.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami spotted an overloaded 45-foot sail freighter off the northern coast of Haiti Monday.

The Bear crew launched its embarked MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., to determine the exact position of the sail freighter.

The Bear crew, along with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island, arrived on scene late Monday night and safely transferred all migrants to the Bear.

Among the Haitian migrants, there were 71 adult males, 12 adult females and three children.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

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 Bear is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

The Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.

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