USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Saturday, August 30, 2014
USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

 

Coast Guard crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. and the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 86 migrants illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti.

These repatriations are a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits stemming back to Sunday.

On Aug. 21, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores interdicted 24 Haitian migrants (12 males, nine females, three infants) north of Grand Bahamas Island, Bahamas. Sixteen of the migrants were reported to have jumped into the water but were subsequently rescued by the motor vessel Cap Guillame and the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores. All 24 migrants were safely transferred to the William Flores and were given a medical evaluation. The migrants remained aboard until their repatriation Saturday by the Coast Guard Valiant. The Coast Guard also turned over an Ecuadorian and Bahamian national to Bahamian authorities.

In a span of a week in the south Florida Straits, Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection units located and interdicted 62 Cuban migrants from unseaworthy, homemade vessels in three separate interdictions. The Coast Guard cutters Charles Sexton, Charles David Jr., and Key Biscayne embarked all the migrants due to safety of life at sea concerns and later transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa where they all received medical attention, food and water.

The Charles David Jr. repatriated the 62 migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba on Thursday and Saturday.
"Along with our Department of Homeland Security and international partners, the Coast Guard continues to robustly patrol the Florida Straits and Caribbean sea to prevent migrants from taking the perilous and illegal maritime journey to the United States. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, we will seek to quickly repatriate illegal migrants to their respective countries," said Capt Mark Gordon, Chief of Response Enforcement for the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami.

Coast Guard assets involved in the cases were:
•   Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton
•   Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr.
•   Coast Guard Cutter William Flores
•   Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne
•   Coast Guard Cutter Tampa
•   Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered
•   Coast Guard Cutter Valiant

In fiscal year 2014, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 5,025 Haitians, 3,326 Cubans and 539 Dominicans have attempted to illegally migrate via the sea. These numbers represent the total amount of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

All the migrants interdicted were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutters Robert Yered and the Charles David Jr. for repatriation.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.




 

  • USCG

    USCG

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Casualties

NAT Tankship Rescues 150 in Mediterranean

Nordic American Tankers Limited ("NAT") says the one of its vessels, the 'Nordic Passat' performed a rescue operation, involving 150 people in the Mediterranean last Saturday afternoon,

Port Firm Fined £650,000 for Health, Safety Breach

A port operator has today (Monday 29 September) pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches, following the deaths of three crew members of a tug which capsized on the River Clyde in 2007.

Fire at Milazzo Refinery Impacts Docks

Inchcape Shipping Services  is advising of extensive disruption after a fire broke out Friday afternoon (27 September) at Italy’s energy giant Eni and Kuwait Petroleum’s

News

Almarin Buoys for GNL del Plata in Uruguay

Almarin has supplied fourteen buoys to OAS constructor for the maritime beaconing of the works of GNL del Plata project in Uruguay. Almarin Spanish AtoN supplier

Mercury Marine produces 75,000th Verado L6 Outboard

Milestone comes less than 10 years after launch of platform.   Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology,

New Semi-self-righting Lifeboat for KNRM

On September 20, on KNRM station Texel a new lifeboat named Cornelis Dito type Fast Rescue Craft 903 - Twin was taken into service by the Royal Netherlands Lifeboat Organization (KNRM).

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Investigating Fatal Boating Collision

The Coast Guard is investigating a fatal collision between a towboat and a pleasure craft near Cincinnati, Thursday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector

Coast Guard: Investigations Underway in Cutter Collision

The Coast Guard is conducting a series of formal investigations after Tuesday’s collision involving a Coast Guard cutter and a fishing vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Airlift Video: Sick Sailor Taken Off Containership

US Coastguard Corpus Christi inform that a rescue helicopter has medevaced the crewmember of a container ship approximately 40 miles offshore of South Padre Island.

Maritime Safety

NAT Tankship Rescues 150 in Mediterranean

Nordic American Tankers Limited ("NAT") says the one of its vessels, the 'Nordic Passat' performed a rescue operation, involving 150 people in the Mediterranean last Saturday afternoon,

Almarin Buoys for GNL del Plata in Uruguay

Almarin has supplied fourteen buoys to OAS constructor for the maritime beaconing of the works of GNL del Plata project in Uruguay. Almarin Spanish AtoN supplier

Port Firm Fined £650,000 for Health, Safety Breach

A port operator has today (Monday 29 September) pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches, following the deaths of three crew members of a tug which capsized on the River Clyde in 2007.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2332 sec (4 req/sec)