US Coast Guard crew repatriates 29 Cubans after two interdictions off Florida

crews have rescued 730 Cubans since Oct. 1

The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriated 29 people to Cuba on Friday following two interdictions of undocumented migrants due to safety concerns at sea. (US Coast Guard Image)

(US COAST GUARD) – The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriated 29 people to Cuba on Friday following two interdictions of undocumented migrants due to safety concerns at sea.

The crew of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry from a Coast Guard Air Station in Miami alerted the Coast Guard in the Key West area around 5:30 p.m. on February 12 of a rustic vessel about 46 miles north. south of Key West.

The crew of an HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Air Station Miami alerted observers in the Key West sector around 7:40 p.m. Sunday to a 20-foot green wooden vessel about 21 miles west of ‘Elbow Cay.

“We urge people not to set sail on ships that are not seaworthy,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Nolan, a duty watch in the Key West sector.

“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 730 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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