Coast Guard Repatriates 60 Cubans

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 60 migrants from five separate interdictions to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday.

On Sept. 12, a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft spotted a rustic vessel with 22 migrants aboard 23 miles southwest of the Marquesas Keys, Fla. Boat crews from Station Key West, Fla., interdicted the migrants.

Another seven migrants were spotted Sept. 12, by the tug boat ITB Philadelphia 22 miles south of the Marquesas Keys. The tug boat remained on scene until the cutter Key Biscayne was able to respond.

The cruise ship Carnival Conquest came across 12 migrants in a rustic vessel 44 miles southeast of Cayman Brac Island in the Cayman Islands and later transferred the migrants to the cutter Key Biscayne.

The crew of the cutter Knight Island interdicted a go-fast boat with one migrant aboard six miles southeast of Muertos Cay, Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas, Saturday.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami spotted a rustic vessel with 18 migrants aboard 55 miles south of the Dry Tortugas, Fla., Sunday, and directed the cutter Tornado to the vessel’s location.

The Tornado arrived on scene and embarked the migrants.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants are provided food, water and any nessecary medical treatment.

The cutter Tornado is a 179-foot patrol boat homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

The cutters Key Biscayne and Knight Island are 110-foot patrol boats homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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