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Coast Guard repatriates 58 Cuban migrants intercepted at sea

Four Cuban migrants attempted to cross the Florida Straits in a rustic sailing vessel but were interdicted by the Coast Guard in March. The men were repatriated Wednesday.
Four Cuban migrants attempted to cross the Florida Straits in a rustic sailing vessel but were interdicted by the Coast Guard in March. The men were repatriated Wednesday.

In just one week, Coast Guard crews intercepted seven vessels carrying migrants in the Florida Straits resulting in 58 people being repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday, according to the Coast Guard.

The group of migrants were brought to Cuba on the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr., a 154-foot fast response cutter.

"Safety of life at sea continues to be the Coast Guard's primary concern," said Capt. Mark Gordon, chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District in a statement.

Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 2,562 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate to the U.S. by sea. In January alone, 396 migrants were repatriated.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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