Coast Guard rescues 7 Cuban migrants stranded off a 100-foot cliff in Mona Island, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard rescues 7 Cuban migrants stranded off a 100-foot cliff in Mona Island, Puerto Rico
One of seven suspected migrants is hoisted to safety off the rocks of Mona Island, Puerto Rico, by an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 helicopter crew, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard video)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter rescued seven Cuban migrants Thursday, who were stranded on a rock formation at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff off Mona Island, Puerto Rico. “These...

Coast Guard locates overdue Spanish boater off Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard locates overdue Spanish boater off Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search for an overdue Spanish boater who was found to not be in distress after being located at 6 p.m. Wednesday by the crew of a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft, aboard the 42-foot sailing vessel Sigrid, in the vicinity of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Rafael Conti Cañada, 47, a citizen of Spain, was reported overdue to the Coast Guard...

Two suspected smugglers detained after deadly migrant interdiction

Two suspected smugglers detained after deadly migrant interdiction
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Two suspected smugglers are in custody after the Coast Guard rescued 19 Haitian migrants from the waters off Dominican Republic after a smuggling vessel capsized and left one migrant dead. On Sunday, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter detected a suspected smuggling vessel transiting to Puerto Rico, 27 nautical miles west of Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard Cutter Northland repatriates 18 Haitians to Cap Haitian, Haiti

Coast Guard Cutter Northland repatriates 18 Haitians to Cap Haitian, Haiti
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Northland repatriated 18 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, Saturday. Coast Guard crews originally responded to and interdicted 20 migrants, Thursday, February 6, 2014, approximately two nautical miles off Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The migrant vessel was spotted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of...

2 remaining missing fishermen north of Puerto Rico rescued

2 remaining missing fishermen north of Puerto Rico rescued
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Police and a Good Samaritan vessel combined efforts to rescue two fishermen who remained missing Friday morning, after their vessel, with four fishermen onboard, capsized in waters north of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico Thursday afternoon. Rescued Friday morning were local area fishermen Anibal Jimenez and Jahel Maisonet, while Alan Ramos and Michael Rosario...

Coast Guard repatriates 10 Haitian survivors to the Dominican Republic, ends search for 2 others

Coast Guard repatriates 10 Haitian survivors to the Dominican Republic, ends search for 2 others
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing repatriated 10 Haitian migrant survivors to Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, while Coast Guard rescue crews ended the search for two others Thursday afternoon in waters off Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The crew of the Cushing detected a migrant boat Wednesday morning attempting to make landfall on Mona Island, when they observed the group...

Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus repatriates 31 Dominican migrants to La Romana, Dominican Republic

Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus repatriates 31 Dominican migrants to La Romana, Dominican Republic
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus repatriated 31 Dominicans to La Romana, Dominican Republic Monday, following an at-sea interdiction Saturday by Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities, approximately twelve nautical miles off the coast of Desecheo, Puerto Rico. Assistant United States Attorney Evelyn Canals with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto...

Coast Guard, CBIG seize $29 million cocaine shipment, arrest 2 Dominican smugglers

Coast Guard, CBIG seize $29 million cocaine shipment, arrest 2 Dominican smugglers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities seized over 2,600 pounds of cocaine, a go-fast vessel and detained two Dominican smugglers during an at-sea interdiction Sunday in the Caribbean Sea. The drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $29 million. The interdiction was a result of a multi-agency law...

Coast Guard repatriates 52 Dominican migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant repatriated 52 of 71 Dominican migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Wednesday, following an at-sea interdiction Monday by Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities off the coast of Isabela, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico agreed to prosecute 19 of the Dominicans, who were traveling...