US Coast Guard crew repatriates 58 Dominicans after banning illegal travel
GUARD OF THE AMERICAN COAS; All passengers claimed to be Dominican Republic nationals
(US COAST GUARD) – The crew of Coast Guard Heriberto Hernandez repatriated 58 Dominicans to the Dominican Republic on Thursday, following a ban on two illegal trips northwest of Aguadilla.
The bans are the result of ongoing multi-agency local and federal efforts in support of the Caribbean Interagency Border Group CBIG.
“The people on these trips are very fortunate that our crews arrived in time to prevent what could have been a most tragic outcome,” said Cmdr. Beau Powers, intervention manager for the San Juan sector.
“The conditions aboard these two vessels were extremely dangerous, they were extremely overloaded and had no life-saving equipment which could have capsized them and possibly killed everyone on board. To all those who are considering taking part in an illegal trip, do not go to sea! You are going to put your life and the lives of others in danger.
During a routine patrol on Tuesday, the crew of a Customs and Border Protection police plane detected illegal travel in the Caribbean Sea 86 miles northwest of Aguadilla.
After the sighting, the crew of coast guard Heriberto Hernandez banned a 30-foot contraband ship and safely embarked 34 people. All passengers claimed to be Dominican Republic nationals.
During a routine patrol on Saturday, a customs and border protection police plane detected a second illegal trip 63 miles northwest of Aguadilla.
The crew of coast guard Heriberto Hernandez intercepted the overloaded contraband vessel and safely took 28 people, who claimed to be Dominican Republic nationals, including 26 men and two women.
The crew of the cutter Heriberto Hernandez repatriated 58 people from that trip on Thursday, while two Dominican Republic nationals remain in Puerto Rico in federal custody for treatment.
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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