Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants

Published On: Nov 02 2012 11:35:46 AM EDT
MIAMI -

The Coast Guard repatriated 32 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday.

Twelve of the migrants were found southwest of Key West on October 18. Twenty of the migrants were found south of Marathon on October 20.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

“Migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States by boat often travel aboard dangerously overloaded and ill-equipped vessels," Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement, said in a news release. "People aboard these vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk, so the Coast Guard and our partner agencies will continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea."