July 26, 2010
U.S. Coast Guard
MIAMI -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island repatriated 13
Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island interdicted a rustic
vessel with 11 Cuban migrants aboard approximately 53 miles south of
Marquesas, Fla., Wednesday. Aboard the rustic vessel were nine male and
two female migrants.
A good Samaritan notified the Coast Guard stating he was on scene with a
Cuban migrant in the water near Duck Key, Fla., Wednesday. A second
person was located in the water off Long Key, Fla. A smallboat crew
from Coast Guard Station Marathon, Fla., was launched and recovered both
persons. The second person stated he left Cuba 11 days prior with two
other people in a 19-foot foam-type vessel. He later changed his story
and said he left Cuba with six others.