U.S. Coast Guard Interdicts 17 Cuban Migrants Off Florida Coast Aboard Homemade Boat
By Space Coast Daily // March 23, 2021
USCG: We strongly discourage these dangerous and deadly voyages
(U.S. COAST GUARD) – Seventeen Cuban migrants aboard what appeared to be a homemade vessel were interdicted last week by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Charles crew approximately 54 miles south of Key West and brought aboard due to safety of life at sea concerns.
“People who attempt to illegally enter the United States by taking to the sea put their lives, and the lives of their accompanying family members at grave risk,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mario Gil, Coast Guard liaison officer, U.S. Embassy Havana.
“We strongly discourage these dangerous and deadly voyages in favor of safe and legal ways to enter the United States.”
Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 107 Cubans compared to:
■ 5,396 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
■ 1,468 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2017
■ 259 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
■ 313 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
■ 49 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.
Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no migrants in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.
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