Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 20 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Drummond repatriated 20 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence interdicted a go-fast vessel carrying 20 Cuban migrants and two suspected smugglers 45 miles south of Key West, Fla., Saturday. The Confidence crew safely embarked the migrants and suspected smugglers. The go-fast and two suspected smugglers were then transferred to Customs and Border Protection officials in Key West.

“Since Jan. 1, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 661 Cuban migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally,” said Lt. Eric Pare, a Seventh District law-enforcement duty officer. “These numbers are indicative that Cubans are continuing to endanger themselves in attempts to illegally enter the United States.”

Once aboard cutters all migrants receive food, water, shelter and necessary medical care.

The Cutter Confidence is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The Cutter Drummond is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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