Coast Guard Repatriate 79 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 79 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday who were interdicted in four separate events.

A Customs and Border Protection aircrew located two go-fast vessels traveling in tandem about 40 miles southeast of Miami Wednesday morning. CBP Air and Marine agents patrolling the area intercepted both vessels using disabling fire after the smuggler’s refused to stop, about 12 miles east of Miami. The 58 migrants were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island and four suspected smugglers were transferred to Border Patrol agents in Miami.

The Cutter Kodiak Island interdicted 18 Cuban migrants from a rustic vessel about 45 miles northwest of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday.

A CBP aircraft crew located an unlit go-fast vessel about 80 miles southwest of Key West, Fla., Tuesday, and provided that information to the Coast Guard. The Cutter Key Biscayne was notified and their small boat crew interdicted the vessel with six migrants and two suspected smugglers about 42 miles south of Key West. The two suspects were transferred to Border Patrol agents in Key West.

Two Cuban migrants are pending transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and one is pending disposition.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, migrants receive food, water, shelter and necessary medical attention.

The cutters Key Biscayne and Kodiak Island are a 110-foot patrol boats homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami.

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  1. jimbob says:

    Loosk like CBP did the interdiction not CG – maybe you should fix your headline!

  2. cgnews says:

    Your right, the CBP interdicted 58 of the migrants. I’ve fixed the headline.