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US authorities intercept 34 Cubans at sea
Published on July 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- On July 16, US Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and the US Coast Guard interdicted a twin engine ‘go-fast’ boat with 34 Cuban migrants, as the vessel entered US waters south of Marquesas Key West. The covert operation consisted of both OAM and USCG aircraft and vessels tracking the go-fast throughout the day and night, as the boat made a northerly run toward US waters.

At approximately 6:30 pm, the go-fast began a northerly run toward the US, while the OAM Marine Interceptor and USCG Cutter Sawfish remained in trailing positions. An additional OAM Marine Interceptor from Key West was launched and all law enforcement assets followed the target on a northerly route. At approximately 9:45 pm, just 11 miles south of Marquesas Key West, the go-fast boat crossed the 12-mile boundary into US waters. Subsequently, the two OAM interceptors overtook the go-fast and stopped it without incident. The USCG retained custody of the 10 female and 24 male migrants for possible repatriation.

The ‘go-fast’ is a small, fast boat designed with a long narrow platform and a planing hull to enable it to reach high speeds. These high speed boats are descendant from ‘rum-runners’ during the Prohibition era used to transfer rum from larger vessels waiting outside the territorial waters of the US. Today, smugglers use them to transport different types of contraband – drugs and illegal aliens.
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