Coast Guard rescues and repatriates 38 Haitian migrants

Miami - The crew of the Vigilant located a 25-foot sailing vessel approximately 35 miles south of Great Inagua, Sunday. Once on scene, a total of 38 Haitian migrants were issued life jackets and safely transferred to the Vigilant from the sailing vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant.

Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant repatriated 38 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.

The crew of the Vigilant located an overloaded 25-foot sailing vessel approximately 35 miles south of Great Inagua, Sunday. Once on scene, a total of 38 Haitian migrants were safely transferred to the Vigilant from the sailing vessel, which was taking on water throughout its voyage. Vigilant crewmembers destroyed the sailing vessel as it posed a danger to navigation

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

For more 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 http://www.uscis.gov/.

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

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