Coast Guard repatriates 9 Cuban migrantsto Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish repatriated nine Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday.

On June 11, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report from a good Samaritan aboard a motor vessel of migrants aboard a raft south of Islamorada, Fla. Sector Key West launched a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada to respond and the boatcrew safely embarked nine Cuban migrants who were later transferred to the Sawfish for repatriation.

“We work diligently to detect and interdict these migrant vessels,” said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Gregory G. Zerfass, Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish’s officer in charge. “We have partnered with other local agencies and the boating public to ensure these dangerous ventures do not end tragically. The Coast Guard will continue to ensure safety of life at sea.”

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish is a 87-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.

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