DATE: June 23, 2005 14:09:57 EST
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District
Date: June 23, 2005
MIAMI - The Coast Guard cutters Padre and Decisive repatriated 97 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, yesterday.
The migrants were interdicted in eight separate incidents since June 16 when a group of eight were located by a Good Samaritan 55 miles south of Key West, Fla., and a group of seven were rescued from a raft by the cutter Tahoma.
Notably, 73 migrants were interdicted in a 24-hour period June 17-18 in a joint effort by the cutters Matagorda, Decisive, Coast Guard HH-65 rescue helicopters and HU-25 Falcon jets from Air Station Miami, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection air assets from Miami’s Air Marine branch in Homestead, Fla.
In addition to the 97 migrants repatriated, two others were transferred by the cutter Chandeleur to U.S. homeland security officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for further processing.
This month, the Coast Guard has rescued 233 Cuban migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally, bringing this year’s total to 1110.
For a complete breakdown of migrant statistics and other migrant interdiction related information, please visit our website at http://www.d7publicaffairs.com and select “Alien Migrant Interdiction Statistics” from the “Helpful Links” dropdown menu at the top of the page.
The cutter Tahoma is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter from Portsmouth, N.H.
The cutter Decisive is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter from Pascagoula, Miss.
The cutters Matagorda and Padre are 123-foot patrol boats from Key West.
The cutter Chandeleur is a 110-foot patrol boat from Miami Beach, Fla