Coast Guard responds to Cuban migrant landing on Mona Island

Southeastern Coast Guard News
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard crews responded to the landing of seven Cuban migrants on Mona Island, Puerto Rico, Saturday.

At 9:30 a.m. a good Samaritan alerted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, of a potential migrant landing on Mona Island.

Coast Guard watchstanders alerted the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), a partnership of local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Also, the Coast Guard notified Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources office on Mona Island, whose rangers arrived on scene to detain the migrants.

Through a coordinated effort, seven Cuban migrants were safely removed from Mona Island by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing.

Once aboard the Coast Guard cutter, all migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The seven migrants were subsequently transported to Border Patrol agents in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico for processing.

CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney‘s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA, for its Spanish acronym), in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cushing is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in San Juan.

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