Coast Guard Interdicts and Repatriates 70

 MIAMI – Cuban migrants interdicted in three events were repatriated Wednesday by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Drummond to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

The crew of the Cutter Sawfish interdicted a go-fast boat carrying 39 migrants and two suspected smugglers 20 miles south of Loggerhead Key, Fla., Sunday. The two suspected smugglers were transferred to Customs and Border Protection officials in Key West.

The aircrew on an Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon aircraft located a rustic vessel with 18 Cuban migrants aboard 80 miles southwest of Key West, Fla., Monday. The aircrew vectored the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne who arrived on scene and interdicted the migrants.

The crew of the Cutter Kodiak Island intercepted a group of 13 Cuban migrants on an unseaworthy vessel 20 miles north of Mariel, Cuba Monday.

The Coast Guard disrupted two suspected migrant smuggling attempts on Friday and Sunday 20 miles south of Marquesas, Fla and 40 miles south of Key West, respectively. Details of these cases are not available as the incidents remain under investigation.

“We can not stress enough that there is a controlled, safe and legal means of migration to the United States,” said Lt. Stephen West, a Coast Guard 7th District law enforcement duty officer. “Migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States via maritime routes must understand that in doing so they place themselves in extreme danger.”

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Drummond is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.
The Coast Guard Cutters Key Biscayne and Kodiak Island are 110-foot patrol boats homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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