Coast Guard rescues, repatriates 58 Haitian migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer repatriated 58 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.

The crew of the Spencer located a 30-foot sailing vessel approximately 30 miles east of Punta Maisi, Cuba, Saturday. Once on scene, the crew discovered that while only a few people were visible on deck, dozens more were crammed below decks.

A total of 58 Haitian migrants were safely transferred to the Spencer from the sailing vessel.

“We’re thankful we were able to locate and stop this voyage before it became a tragedy,” said Capt. Peter Brown, the Seventh Coast Guard District chief of response operations. “Coast Guard migrant patrols save lives by removing migrants from these unsafe situations, as well as protect our nation’s borders by deterring dangerous and illegal activity.”

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

CARIBBEAN SEA - The view from below the main deck of a 30-foot sailing vessel with 58 Haitian migrants aboard interdicted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer approximately 30 miles east of Cuba March 26, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The view from below the main deck of a 30-foot sailing vessel with 58 Haitian migrants aboard interdicted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer approximately 30 miles east of Cuba March 26, . U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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