Coast Guard repatriates 91 Haitian migrants

MIAMI – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer repatriated 91 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.

The 91 Haitian migrants were interdicted during two separate incidents since Friday.

While conducting a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea, Spencer crewmembers located a 40-foot sail freighter east of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Friday. Spencer crewmembers safely embarked the 90 Haitian migrants without incident.

Also on Friday, Spencer crewmembers received notification of a disabled 24-foot go-fast vessel north of Great Inagua from a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, in support of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT).

The Spencer crew arrived on scene with the disabled vessel to discover one Haitian migrant and 11 Dominicans. The Dominicans were transferred to Royal Bahamas Defence Force personnel Sunday.

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

The Spencer is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Boston.

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