Coast Guard rescues, repatriates 112 Haitian migrants

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute repatriated 112 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday, after they were located at sea on a grossly overloaded vessel Wednesday.

While conducting a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea, the crew of the Resolute discovered a Haitian sail freighter west of Great Inagua, Bahamas. Resolute crewmembers distributed life jackets to the migrants and safely transferred the 87 men, 19 women and six children to the cutter.

“The Coast Guard strongly advises against taking to sea in an attempt to illegally enter the United States,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “Taking to sea in a grossly overloaded vessel with little or no safety gear needlessly places human lives at risk. The Coast Guard will continue to rescue Haitian migrants from their peril at sea and will always do so in a professional manner that preserves the dignity of all people.”

Once aboard the cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

The Resolute is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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