Coast Guard Repatriates 33 Cubans

MIAMI РThe crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 33 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba today.

On December 25, one Cuban migrant was located approximately 225 yards from shore standing in five feet of water. He was picked up by a small-boat crew from Station Key West, Fla. The migrant was transferred to the Cutter Decisive.

On December 23, a Good Samaritan located a rustic vessel taking on water with 11 Cuban migrants 65 miles south of Grand Cayman Island. The Good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard and brought all migrants onboard until they were transfered to the Decisive.

A Good Samaritan located a 20-foot rustic vessel with 21 Cuban migrants approximately 30 miles north of Mariel, Cuba. The cutter Key Biscayne was dispatched to find the vessel and embarked the migrants.

Once onboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water and any necessary medical treatment.

During 2006 the Coast Guard interdicted/rescued 2,293 Cuban migrants.

The cutter Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

Source: USCG D7 Public Affairs

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