Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriates 39 Cuban migrants

MIAMI — Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 39 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

This repatriation is a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits stemming back to August 15th.

“The Coast Guard and our local partners continue to maintain a robust presence in the Florida Straits with numerous surface and aviation assets,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Our primary concern is always safety of life at sea; however, if we encounter people attempting to illegally enter the United States we will expeditiously return those individuals to their country of origin. We will also prosecute the organizers of these illicit ventures to the maximum extent possible.”

Coast Guard assets involved in the cases were:

  • A boatcrew with Coast Guard Station Marathon, Florida.
  • Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in Miami
  • Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton, a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in Key West, Florida
  • Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West

All the migrants interdicted were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island for repatriation.

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

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