Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous to return from 55-day patrol

Coast Guard District 5 NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported here, is scheduled to return Thursday from a 55-day patrol off the coast of Haiti.

During the patrol, the crew conducted numerous law enforcement and search and rescue missions in the Florida Straits.

On Nov. 2, crewmembers rescued three Cuban fishermen who had been adrift at sea for five days. Several days later, the 42-year-old cutter experienced a major casualty to one of its generators, requiring a 10-day emergency maintenance period in Miami.

Following the emergency maintenance, the crew proceeded to the Bahamas and embarked 60 Haitian migrants from the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence, homeported in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Shortly after, the Vigorous crew interdicted an overloaded sail freighter with 112 Haitian migrants aboard. The crew repatriated all 172 migrants to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. While aboard the Vigorous, the migrants were provided food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

“Medium endurance cutters like the Vigorous are built for multi-week offshore patrols including operations requiring enhanced communications and helicopter and pursuit boat operations, which provide a key capability for homeland security operations at sea,” said Cmdr. Gregory Magee, commanding officer of the Vigorous.

Additional highlights of the patrol included responding to a disabled sailboat off the coast of Miami and partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Haitian National Police and Haitian Coast Guard to conduct law enforcement boardings off the coast of Haiti.

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