U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Crew Repatriates 75 Cubans Following Interdictions Off Florida Coast
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast // May 9, 2022
Coast Guard crews have interdicted 1,609 cuban since oct. 2021
(U.S. COAST GUARD) – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark’s crew repatriated 75 Cubans to Cuba, Saturday, following three interdictions off the Florida Keys.
A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders of a rustic vessel, on April 30, at approximately 1 p.m., about 10 miles south of Boca Chica Key.
Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders were notified of a rustic raft, Tuesday, at approximately 4:45 p.m., about 9 miles south of Ramrod Key.
“The risk for loss of life is great when attempting these illegal migrations in unpredictable seas and on unsafe, rustic vessels,” said Lt. E’Bria Karega, Coast Guard District Seven legal.
Since Oct. 1, 2021, Coast Guard crews interdicted 1,609 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
■ 838 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.
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