U.S. Coast Guard Interdicts Nine Cuban Migrants 25 Miles Off Florida Coast

By  //  January 6, 2020

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The cutter crew interdicted the vessel and safely embarked the migrants

The Coast Guard interdicted nine Cuban migrants 25 miles southeast of Tavernier Creek, Thursday. (USCG image)

MIAMI, FLORIDA – The Coast Guard interdicted nine Cuban migrants 25 miles southeast of Tavernier Creek last week.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a notification via VHF-FM channel 16 of a migrant vessel with nine people aboard.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boat crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton (WPC-1108) crew to interdict the vessel.

The cutter crew interdicted the vessel and safely embarked the migrants.

One migrant was transferred into Customs and Border Protection custody after being brought ashore for more advanced medical care.

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The remaining eight migrants were safely repatriated to Cuba Saturday.

Approximately 52 Cuban migrants have attempted to illegally enter the U.S. via the maritime environment in fiscal year 2020, which began Oct. 1, 2019, compared to 454 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2019.

These numbers represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean, and Atlantic.

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

The 45-foot response boat-medium has revitalized the Coast Guard’s shore-based boat fleet, delivering improved speed, maneuverability and ergonomics over the 41-foot utility boat and other nonstandard boats it has replaced. The RB-M makes boat crews more effective in performing multiple Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue; ports, waterways and coastal security; law enforcement; and drug and migrant interdiction. (USCG image)