Coast Guard repatriates 70 people to Cuba

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk's small boat crew stopped a Cuban migrant vessel approximately 45 miles south of Marathon, Florida, April 1, 2022. The people were repatriated to Cuba on April 8, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk’s small boat crew stopped a Cuban migrant vessel approximately 45 miles south of Marathon, Florida, April 1, 2022.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton’s crew repatriated 70 Cubans to Cuba, Friday, after eight interdictions off the Florida Keys.

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk’s crew alerted Sector Key West watchstanders on April 1, at approximately 4 p.m., of a migrant vessel about 45 miles south of Marathon.

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders, Saturday, at approximately 7:30 a.m., of a migrant vessel about 18 miles south of Marathon.

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders, Saturday, at approximately 5 p.m., of a migrant vessel about 30 miles south of Big Pine Key.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew alerted Sector Key West watchstanders, Sunday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., of a migrant vessel about 27 miles south of Marathon.

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders, Monday, at approximately 11:30 a.m., of a migrant vessel about 17 miles south of Marquesas Key.

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders, Monday, at approximately 4 p.m., of a migrant vessel about 30 miles south of Marathon.

A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations flight crew alerted Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders, Wednesday, at approximately 10:45 p.m., of a migrant vessel about 30 miles south of Key West.

Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton’s crew alerted Sector Key West watchstanders, Wednesday, at noon, of a migrant vessel about 62 miles south of Marathon.

“These ventures are risky,” said Lt. Connor Ives, Coast Guard District Seven enforcement officer. “Working together with our partner agencies, our crews help prevent people from losing their lives.”

Since Oct. 1, 2021, Coast Guard crews interdicted 1,257 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
  • 838 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021

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

Family members in the United States inquiring about possible family members interdicted at sea, please contact your local U.S. representative. Relatives located outside the United States please contact your local U.S. Embassy.

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