53 Cuban migrants repatriated to Cuba
Author: Dawn Brooks, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Sep 25 2014 07:28:05 PM EDT
After three separate incidents of people attempting to migrate illegally
to the United States, Coast Guard crews repatriated 53 Cuban migrants to
Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.
"These illegal migrant ventures demonstrate just how risky and dangerous
taking to the sea in unseaworthy vessels can be. We were fortunate to
rescue these individuals and that their journey did not end tragically,"
said Cmdr. Tim Cronin, Coast Guard 7th District deputy chief of enforcement.
On Sept. 16, 15 Cubans were interdicted south of Houma, Louisiana. On
Sept. 18, 29 Cubans were found on a vessel southeast of Key West. On
Sept. 20, nine Cubans were found south of Mobile, Alabama.
"The Coast Guard, along with our Department of Homeland Security and
local partners, will continue to prevent illegal maritime migration,
rescue those who are in peril, and return migrants to their country of
origin," Cronin said.
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