Coast Guard interdicts 11 Cuban migrants 24 miles east of Cay Sal

Coast Guard Cutter isaac Mayo file photo

Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo file photo

CAY SAL, Bahamas – The Coast Guard interdicted 11 migrants Friday 24 miles east of Cay Sal attempting to illegally enter the United States.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a notification from the Cuban border security reporting an illegal vessel departure with an unknown number of passengers aboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crew arrived on scene after a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew sighted the vessel with 11 adult Cuban males aboard and embarked them with no medical concerns.

The 11 Cuban nationals were transferred to Bahamian Authorities by the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered (WPC-1104) crew and will be transferred back to their home of origin.

“Illegal migration voyages are extremely dangerous when transporting human lives on these unseaworthy vessels, and put the safety of those aboard in jeopardy,” said Petty Officer Second Class Sharon Vela, command center watchstander, Coast Guard Sector Miami. “The Coast Guard remains consistent with the mission of protecting the safety of life at sea and interdicting these vessels in an effort to prevent the loss of life”

Coast Guard Cutters Robert Yered and Isaac Mayo are 154-foot fast response cutters homeported in Florida.

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