Crew of US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. interdicts 33 Cubans off the coast of Florida

Coast Guard crews have intercepted more than 550 Cubans since last October

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 33 people to Cuba on Thursday after three interdictions due to life-at-sea safety concerns. (US Coast Guard Image)

(US COAST GUARD) – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 33 people to Cuba on Thursday following three denials due to life safety concerns at sea.

The crew of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry from a Miami air station alerted the Coast Guard in the Key West area around 4:15 p.m. Friday of a rustic vessel about 80 miles off Key West.

The crew of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry from a Miami air station alerted the Coast Guard in the Key West area around 7 p.m. Friday of a rustic vessel about 60 miles off Marquesas Key.

A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations crew alerted Key West Coast Guard Sector watchmen around 9:45 a.m. Monday to a rustic vessel about 12 miles off Long Key.

“We urge people not to set sail in seaworthy vessels,” said Cmdr. Jessica Davila, General Manager, Air Station Miami. (US Coast Guard Image)

“We urge people not to set sail in seaworthy vessels,” said Cmdr. Jessica Davila, General Manager, Air Station Miami.

“Our air and surface crews, along with our local and federal law enforcement partners, work together every day to maintain an active presence in the Florida Strait and Mona and Windward Passages to help save lives in deterring dangerous travel.”

Since October 1, 2021, Coast Guard crews have rescued 557 Cubans:

■ 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 are provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

Throughout the interdictions, Coast Guard crew members have been equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible cases of COVID-19.

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