Coast Guard repatriates eight Cuban migrants

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated eight Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., watchstanders received notification that a rustic vessel was spotted southwest of Key West, Fla., June 25, 2012. A Coast Guard Station Islamorada smallboat crew launched and located an 18-foot rustic vessel and safely embarked the eight migrants.

The Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket arrived on scene and safely transferred all eight migrants onboard for repatriation.

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

The cutter Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

The cutter Nantucket is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at

The cutter Nantucket, Key Biscayne and other Island-class patrol boats are being replaced by 58 new, Sentinel-class fast response cutters. The FRC will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. Armed with a 25-mm chain gun and four .50 caliber machine guns, the Fast Response Cutter provides lethal homeland security firepower. The speed, stability and firepower of the FRC deliver tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.

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