MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriated 63 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday.
This repatriation was a result of five separate migrant interdictions between September 25 and September 29.
Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne arrive on scene to prevent 21 Cuban migrants from illegally entering the United States, Sept. 27, 2013. The migrants were later repatriated by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell. (US Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Young)
Through a coordinated effort involving aircrews with Customs Border and Protection and Coast Guard Air Station Miami, crewmembers aboard several Coast Guard Cutters interdicted the migrants attempting to illegally migrate to the United States. The maritime patrol aircraft detected and vectored in Coast Guard crews after observing several unseaworthy and overloaded rustic vessels in the Florida Straits.
The migrants were later transferred to the cutter Margaret Norvell for repatriation.
“The Coast Guard and our partner agencies continue to diligently patrol the waters around the United States to deter illegal migrant activity,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response enforcement for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “Our main concern is the safety of life at sea. When migrants put their lives in the hands of smugglers, or take to the sea aboard unseaworthy vessels, they put their lives at grave risk.”
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.