Coast Guard Repatriates 5 Cubans

MIAMI РThe Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated five Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba today.

April 14, crewmembers from Station Islamorada, Fla., recovered five Cuban migrants from a rustic vessel 10 miles east of Kay Largo, Fla.after receiving a report from a Good Samaritan who initially located the rustic. The migrants were subsequently transferred to the Cutter Shamal and later to the Cutter Kodiak Island for repatriation.

“This case demonstrates the value of mariner and citizen participation in Homeland Security,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “Homeland Security is everyone’s business. Just like police officers on the beat, we can’t be everywhere at once so the Coast Guard needs boaters to be aware and to report suspicious vessels or suspicious activity. The Coast Guard’s America’s Waterway Watch program exists to encourage and facilitate the reporting of suspicious activity upon our waterways. Commercial mariners or recreational boaters can make reports to the Coast Guard by VHF marine radio or by calling 1-877-24-WATCH (1-877-249-2824).”

So far this month, Coast Guard crews have successfully kept a total of 231 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador from entering the United States illegally.

Once on board Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water, and any necessary medical treatment.

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