Posted on Friday, 09.21.12
15 migrants returned to Cuba
By Olga Nicole Castro
The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 15 Cuban migrants aboard two rustic
vessels to Bahia de Cabañas on Friday.
Six migrants were discovered Sept. 17 south of Marquesas and nine were
south of Key West, Coast Guard officials said.
Once aboard the Coast Guard cutter, the migrants were given food, water
and medical attention..
"U.S. Coast Guard policy is to deter and respond to dangerous, and
illegal maritime migration by intercepting vessels pursuing perilous and
illegal voyages," said Capt. Brendan McPherson, Seventh Coast Guard
District chief of enforcement. "We continue to maintain a robust
presence of cutters and aircraft throughout the Caribbean to prevent
illegal migration and migrant smuggling activities."