Coast Guard repatriates nine Cuban migrants

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

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., watchstanders received notification from a deployed HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., that a rustic vessel was spotted southwest of Marquesas, Fla., June 14, 2012. The crew of the cutter Key Biscayne located the 20-foot rustic vessel and safely embarked the 10 migrants.

One Cuban migrant is awaiting further disposition.

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.

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 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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