Coast Guard Cutter Resolute Returns Home After 32-Day Patrol

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, home ported in St. Petersburg, Fla., is scheduled to return home tomorrow at 8 a.m. after a 32-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

The Resolute first patrolled the Mona Pass, a stretch of water between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, guarding against illegal drug and migrant smuggling into the United States. While in the area, Resolute worked with Customs and Border Patrol, the Parks Department, and local authorities along with other Coast Guard assets, to interdict 16 Cuban nationals illegally trying to land on Mona Island.

The Resolute, under the direction of the On Scene Commander aboard CGC Forward, home ported in Portsmouth, Va., searched an area of over 100-square miles after a Dominican fishing boat capsized 20 miles north of the Dominican Republic border leaving 38 people in the water. A total of 19 people were recovered during the rescue, some of which had been in the ocean for more than 80 hours.

In its final weeks of patrol, Resolute enforced immigration policies twice as part of a larger task unit. On one occasion, the Resolute interdicted a 50-foot sail boat dangerously overloaded with 198 migrants on board. The very next night, with the assistance of CGC Forward, Resolute rescued 168 migrants from a 45-foot sail boat that was taking on water and in danger of sinking. As with any migrant interdiction case, once on board the cutter, each person was carefully screened for injuries and other health related issues, and provided the essentials of food, water, shelter and facilities to keep them as comfortable as possible during their time aboard. All 366 migrants were repatriated by Resolute to Port Au Prince, Haiti, with the assistance of the United States State Department and the Haitian Garde Cote.

The Coast Guard, as a whole, has intercepted and repatriated 873 Haitian migrants, in the last 30 days.

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute is a 210-foot Reliance class cutter. Resolute is under the command of Cmdr. G. Todd Prestidge, and has a crew of 74 officers and enlisted personnel. Every member is happy to be home with their family and friends and appreciates the support of the Tampa Bay community.

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