Miami-Dade County

Coast Guard returns 121 Cubans

A crew member  passes a life jacket to a Cuban who jumped off his vessel near Key West
A crew member passes a life jacket to a Cuban who jumped off his vessel near Key West Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard repatriated 121 Cuban migrants within the past week to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, the agency said Tuesday.

The action stemmed from nine interdictions in the Florida Straits.

“Despite the recent steps to begin normalizing ties with Cuba, the Coast Guard’s missions and operations in the Southeast remain unchanged,” Capt. Mark Fedor, Coast Guard 7th District chief of response, said in a statement.

The voyages were intercepted by various Coast Guard ships, including Coast Guard cutters Raymond Evans and Kathleen Moore, 154-foot fast-response cutters based in Key West; Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter also from Key West; Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, an 87-foot patrol boat based at Cape Canaveral; and boat crews from Coast Guard Station Key West, Coast Guard Station Islamorada and Coast Guard Station Marathon.

An estimated 4,308 Cubans have attempted to illegally immigrate by sea since Oct. 1, according to the Coast Guard.

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