Coast Guard rescues and repatriates 127 Haitian migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma repatriated 127 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.

The Haitian migrants were rescued from their overloaded and unstable 40-foot wooden sailing vessel approximately 85 miles west of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Sunday after being located by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed to Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma arrived on scene and provided life jackets to the 127 Haitian migrants prior to safely embarking them on the cutter.

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

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The Tahoma is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homported in Portsmouth, N.H.

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