Coast Guard repatriates more than 60 Cuban migrants after several missions in the Keys

MIAMI – The Coast Guard repatriated 64 Cuban migrants caught trying to cross the Keys.

Here’s what Coast Guard officials have to say about their operation:

The crew of Coast Guard cutter Paul Clark repatriated 64 Cubans to Cuba on Sunday after being intercepted off the Florida Keys.

The crew of Coast Guard cutter Pablo Valenta alerted Coast Guard Sector Watchers Key West of a village boat on Thursday at approximately 9 p.m., about 25 miles south of Key West.

The crew of Coast Guard cutter Pablo Valenta alerted Coast Guard sector watchers to Key West of the village boat on Thursday at approximately 11:30 p.m., about 30 miles south of Key West.

The Good Samaritan notified Key West Coast Guard watchmen of the migrant boat on Friday at approximately 8:15 a.m. about 14 miles south of Booth Key.

The Good Samaritan notified Key West sector monitors of the migrant boat on Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m., about 40 miles south of Key West.

“Illegal migration on makeshift boats, especially without life jackets and safety equipment, is incredibly dangerous,” the lieutenant said. Paul Paddington, 7th Coast Guard District. “Please, for your own safety, do not take with you to the sea.”

From Oct. On January 1, 2021, Coast Guard brigades detained 3,067 Cubans, compared to:

5,396 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2016

1,468 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2017

259 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2018

313 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2019

49 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2020

838 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2021