Coast Guard Repatriates Another 60 Cubans, 195 Haitians

MIAMI РThe crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 60 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba yesterday and the Cutter Dauntless repatriated 195 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti today.

April 28, crews from Station Marathon transferred six Cuban migrants to the Cutter Willow after they were seen floating in three intertubes six miles south of Marathon, Fla.

Also on April 28, crewmembers from Station Key West, Fla., successfully stopped a go-fast with 29 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers 45 miles southwest of Key West. The migrants were transferred to the Cutter Dauntless and the two suspected smugglers were transferred to Custom and Border Protection agents in Key West.

The Cutter Diligence intercepted a go-fast vessel carrying 27 people 28 miles southeast of Islamorada, Fla., April 29. Twenty-five migrants were repatriated; one was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the one suspected smuggler was transferred to CBP authorities in Islamorada.

Two more interdictions were made by Coast Guard personnel on May 1. An H-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., was conducting law enforcement patrols when they spotted a grossly overloaded vessel 29 miles southeast of Long Island, Bahamas. Once crews from the Cutter Decisive arrived on scene, 139 Haitian migrants were safely transferred to the Decisive, and the Cutter Dauntless interdicted an additional 56 Haitian migrants from a 50-foot sail freighter 37 miles west of Great Inagua, Bahamas the same day.

Since January, the Coast Guard has interdicted 724 Cuban and 909 Haitian migrants before they could enter the United States illegally.

“The U.S. Coast Guard and its partners in border security continue to maintain a robust presence in the air and on the sea where we can best counter trans-national threats,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “We will continue to aggressively patrol to interdict undocumented migrants at sea, to halt migrant smuggling and to rescue migrants from unseaworthy or grossly overloaded vessels as well as the other perils that often befall them on these ill-advised and inherently dangerous journeys.”

The Cutter Decisive is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

Homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat.

The Cutter Willow is a 225-foot buoy tender from Newport, RI.

Diligence is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Wilmington, N.C.

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