Saturday, December 24, 2011

US Coast Guard repatriates 149 Haitians, Cubans

Posted on Saturday, 12.24.11

US Coast Guard repatriates 149 Haitians, Cubans

The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday it had returned almost 150 migrants
to their Caribbean homelands after intercepting their boats at sea.

A total of 112 Haitian migrants were returned to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on

A Coast Guard crew on the St. Petersburg based Cutter Resolute,
conducting a routine patrol in the Caribbean, discovered their sail
freighter west of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

The vessel was "grossly overloaded" with 87 men, 19 women and six
children, according to Coast Guard Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast
Guard District chief of enforcement. The migrants were given life
jackets and transferred to the Coast Guard cutter.

The Coast Guard says it also returned eight Cuban migrants Wednesday and
29 Cuban migrants Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. Officials say the
migrants were picked up at sea in two separate incidents.

All the migrants received food, water and medical care aboard Coast
Guard vessels before being repatriated.

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