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US Coast Guard transfers 11 Cuban migrants to The Bahamas
Published on June 28, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge crew interdicted 11 Cuban migrants on Sunday within Bahamas territorial waters, southeast of Cay Sal Island.

The migrants were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo and were then transferred on Tuesday to Bahamas Immigration custody in Freeport.

“We discourage anyone taking to the sea and attempting to illegally migrate across the Florida Straits – they are risking their lives with very little chance of success,” said Cmdr. Willie Carmichael, deputy chief of response for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “The Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force maintain a strong presence, partnering often in our enforcement efforts and deterrence of illegal, ill advised and unsafe journey across the Florida Straits.”

The Coast Guard routinely partners with The Bahamas to facilitate the interdiction and humanitarian repatriation of illegal and unsafe migrant ventures on the high seas.

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

Approximately 1,990 Cuban migrants have attempted to illegally migrate to the US via the maritime environment since October 1 compared to 7,411 Cubans in fiscal year 2016. The Coast Guard and partner agencies have interdicted 33 Cuban migrants who have attempted to enter the country illegally via maritime means in June. These numbers represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.
 
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