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Fifty-six Cuban migrants repatriated by US Coast Guard
Published on June 14, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- Following three separate migrant interdictions, the US Coast Guard has repatriated a total of 56 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

Watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida, received a report of a rustic vessel south of Marathon, Florida, on June 7. The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish responded to the report and safely embarked 20 Cuban migrants. The migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke.

On the same day, watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector Key West received another report from a patrolling Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft crew of a rustic vessel southwest of Key West. The Ocracoke arrived on scene and safely embarked 18 Cuban migrants.

On June 5, watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from a good Samaritan of migrants aboard a rustic vessel south of Cudjoe Key, Florida.

The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant responded to the report and the crew safely embarked 18 Cuban migrants.

The migrants were then transferred to the Sawfish for repatriation.

“The United States Coast Guard's day-to-day critical missions including migrant interdiction operations remain steadfast,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “We continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea, and together with our partner agencies, will vigorously investigate and prosecute migrant smuggling and associated crimes."

Once aboard a Coast Guard Cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.
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