Coasat Guard Interdicts 61 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 61 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday who were interdicted in four separate events.

A Customs and Border Protection aircrew located a go-fast vessel 53 miles southeast of Marathon, Fla., Monday, and provided that information to the Coast Guard. A smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Marathon and the Cutter Drummond were launched to interdict the vessel. The Station Marathon boatcrew stopped the vessel and transferred 11 Cuban migrants and four suspected smugglers to the Drummond. The four suspected smugglers, one of which is a parolee, the other three have legal permanent resident status, were later transferred to CBP officials in Key West, Fla.

A good Samaritan notified watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., that they were on scene with a chug 20 miles south of Marquesas, Fla., Sunday. The Cutter Drummond was diverted and located the chug. Two Station Key West Special Purpose Crafts were launched to assist the Drummond and their small boat crew. The undocumented migrants ignored numerous orders issued by the boarding teams to stop their vessel. The SPC boatcrew was able to sever the chug’s fuel line and, after running out of gas, the crew of the Drummond was able to embark the 11 Cuban migrants.

The aircrew of a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet located a rustic vessel with a motor 23 miles southeast of Marquesas, Sunday. A Station Key West boatcrew and the Cutter Kodiak Island were diverted from their patrol to intercept. The Station Key West boatcrew arrived on scene and detained the vessel until the Kodiak Island could arrived and embark the 19 Cuban migrants.

The Cutter Drummond crew located a northbound go-fast approximately 70 miles south of Alligator Reef, Fla., April 19. A Station Marathon boatcrew was launched to assist after the the go-fast altered course numerous times in an effort to elude the Drummond. The Drummond crew vectored in the station boatcrew who then interdicted the go-fast 33 miles southeast of Marathon. Twenty-two Cuban migrants and one suspected smuggler were removed from the vessel and transferred to the Drummond. The suspected smuggler, with an unknown status, was transferred to CBP officials in Key West.

One of the Cuban migrants is pending further transfer to CBP officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Once aboard cutters all migrants receive food, water, shelter and available medical care.

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

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