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Thursday, 28 July 2016 10:53

Coast Guard Repatriates 103 Cuban Migrants Flow Continue Unabated

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The Coast Guard repatriated
103 Cuban migrants, including
one migrant with a selfinflicted
gunshot wound, to Bahia
de Cabañas, Cuba, within the past
72 hours.
The Coast Guard Cutter
Charles David Jr. crew repatriated
58 Cuban migrants Saturday, and
45 more Cuban migrants Monday.
These repatriations are a result of
10 separate migrant interdictions
at sea since June 17, in the south
Florida Straits. In each instance,
the Coast Guard helped secure the
U.S. border and prevented these
perilous sea voyages from ending in tragedy. In one case the Coast
Guard successfully rescued,
treated and repatriated a migrant
with a self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the shoulder.
"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. "The
increase in extreme acts we have
seen, such as self-inflicted gunshot
wounds, increases the danger
to both the migrants and our Coast Guard crews. Illegal migrants,
aboard overloaded and unseaworthy
vessels, are putting their lives
at severe risk of injury and death.
The Coast Guard along with our
partner agencies will continue to
patrol vigilantly in order to rescue
and repatriate undocumented migrants
who take to the sea."
Once aboard a Coast
Guard cutter, all migrants receive
food, water, shelter and medical
Since Oct. 1, at least 4,807
Cubans have attempted to illegally
migrate to the U.S. via the maritime
environment compared to 4,473 in fiscal year 2015. These
statistics represent the total number
of at-sea interdictions, landings
and disruptions in the Florida
Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.
The Coast Guard Cutter Charles
David Jr. is a 154-foot fast response
cutter homeported in Key
West, Florida.

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