Coast Guard repatriates 18 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island

USCG file photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard repatriated 18 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday.

The Coast Guard received notification Thursday from a crewmember aboard the cruise ship Crown Princess that they were on scene with a rustic vessel with 18 people aboard about 63 miles south of Key West, Fla.

Coast Guard Sector Key West personnel diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island to interdict the vessel. Once on scene, Knight Island crewmembers safely embarked the 16 male and two female Cuban migrants.

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

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

The Knight Island is 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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