Cubans repatriated after rescue from rust bucket and raft

us_coast_guard_helicopter_caribbean_727766896FLORIDA, United States, Tuesday June 3, 2014, CMC – The United States Coast Guard said two separate interdictions at sea resulted in the repatriation of 16 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

The Coast Guard said that during a routine patrol Sunday, officers detected an unseaworthy rusty vessel southeast of Key West, Florida, from which they safely disembarked 14 Cuban migrants.

On the same day, the Coast Guard said the Carnival cruise ship Victory rescued two Cuban migrants from their unseaworthy raft southwest of Key West.

“The Coast Guard and our local partners maintain a robust presence in the Florida Straits using a variety of surface and aviation assets,” said Commander Timothy Cronin, Coast Guard Seventh District Deputy
Chief of Enforcement.

“There is a legal way to seek entry into the United States,” he added.

“For those that choose to take to the sea and attempt to illegally enter, know that the Coast Guard continues to diligently patrol the seas to deter and disrupt illegal migration and save lives” he said.

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