US Coast Guard crew repatriates 33 Cubans after bans off Florida coast
prohibitions for reasons of safety of life at sea
(US COAST GUARD) – Coastguard Raymond Evan’s crew repatriated 33 Cubans to Cuba on Thursday following four bans for safety of life at sea off the Florida Keys.
A crew from Coast Guard Air Force Base in Miami briefed Key West sector watchmen of a rustic ship on Sunday at 10:45 a.m., about 69 miles southwest of Key West.
A crew from Coast Guard Air Force Base in Miami notified the Key West sector watchmen of a rustic ship on Monday at around 10:00 a.m., about 44 miles south of Key West.
A Good Samaritan informed observers in the Key West area of people in the water after their raft capsized on Monday at around 11:05 a.m., about 35 miles south of Marathon. A crew from the Coast Guard station Marathon boat arrived at the scene and transferred people aboard.
A Good Samaritan informed the Key West sector watchmen of a rustic ship on Tuesday at around 9:10 a.m., about 1 mile south of Sombrero Beach.
“Coast Guard crews and our partner agencies continue to patrol the Strait of Florida maintaining a presence with air and sea assets every day,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mario Gil, Coast Guard Liaison Officer, United States Embassy Havana.
“We will continue to give high priority to offshore patrols to prevent illegal migration, save lives by removing migrants from dangerous environments and deterring dangerous activities of illegal migrants. “
Since October 1, 2021, Coast Guard crews have banned 938 Cubans against:
■ 5,396 Cuban migrants during the 2016 financial year
■ 1,468 Cuban migrants during the 2017 financial year
■ 259 Cuban migrants during the 2018 financial year
■ 313 Cuban migrants during the 2019 financial year
■ 49 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2020
■ 838 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2021
Once aboard a coast guard, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care.
Throughout the ban, Coast Guard crew members were fitted with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.
Family members in the United States are inquiring about possible family members banned at sea, please contact your local representative in the United States. Relatives residing outside the United States, please contact your local United States Embassy.
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