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US Coast Guard repatriates 112 Haitians, 37 Cubans

The Coast Guard also repatriated eight Cuban migrants on Wednesday and 29 Cuban migrants on Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. The Cuban migrants were interdicted at sea during two separate incidents since December 17.

While conducting a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea, the crew of the Resolute discovered a Haitian sail freighter west of Great Inagua, Bahamas. Resolute crewmembers distributed life jackets to the migrants and safely transferred the 87 men, 19 women and six children to the cutter.

“The Coast Guard strongly advises against taking to sea in an attempt to illegally enter the United States,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “Taking to sea in a grossly overloaded vessel with little or no safety gear needlessly places human lives at risk. The Coast Guard will continue to rescue Haitian migrants from their peril at sea and will always do so in a professional manner that preserves the dignity of all people.”

Once aboard the cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

The Resolute is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in St Petersburg, Florida.

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