Coast Guard repatriates 2 migrants to Cuba

A Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton smallboat crew embarks a Cuban migrant from the motor tanker, STI Brixton, April 22, 2021 approximately 70 miles southwest of Marathon, Florida. The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew repatriated Cuban migrants that were embarked from the STI Brixton. (Coast Guard Photo)

A Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton smallboat crew embarks a Cuban migrant from the motor tanker, STI Brixton, April 22, 2021 southwest of Marathon, Florida.  (Coast Guard Photo)

KEY WEST, Fla. — Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo’s crew repatriated two Cuban migrants to Cuba, Monday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton embarked two Cuban migrants after they were rescued by a good Samaritan motor tanker STI Brixton crew who saw them waving their arms from a raft Thursday approximately 70 miles southwest of Marathon.

Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 195 Cubans compared to:

  • 5,396 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
  • 1,468 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2017
  • 259 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 313 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 49 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2020

“We’re always grateful to the boating public for helping us save lives,” said Lt. j.g. James Rimmele, executive officer of Cutter Charles Sexton. “Trying to enter the country in this manner isn’t just illegal, it’s dangerous. Putting yourself out into the dynamic environment of the sea unprepared is never worth the risk.”

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no migrants in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.


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