Coast Guard repatriates 11 Cuban migrants

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriated 11 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.

While on routine patrol, the crew of a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft, from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, located a 30-foot rustic vessel off the coast of Marathon, Fla., on Aug. 3. The Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke was diverted and arrived on scene with the vessel. The Ocracoke crewmembers safely embarked 11 Cuban migrants aboard the cutter. The rustic vessel was destroyed as a hazard of navigation.

The 11 Cuban migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive and then to the Margaret Norvell for repatriation.

“People aboard these vessels are putting their lives at risk,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of Response Enforcement. “U.S. Coast Guard cutters, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft crews will continue to vigilantly patrol the Florida Straits and the Caribbean to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, homeported in Miami.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive is a 210-foot reliance class cutter homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters are designed to conduct maritime drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue, national defense, homeland security, living marine resources and other Coast Guard missions. This class of patrol boat is capable of deploying independently to execute Coast Guard missions and prevent potential threats from approaching our shores and offers vastly improved capabilities over the aging 110-foot Island class patrol boats it replaces. The Fast Response Cutter is part of the Coast Guard’s layered approach to maritime security that includes the National Security Cutter and the Offshore Patrol Cutter.

For more information on the Margaret Norvell and the new Fast Response Cutters, please visit

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the U.S., call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at

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