Coast Guard repatriates 25 Cuban migrants

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KEY WEST, Fla. - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 25 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

On Dec. 27, a good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard, saying he had located a rustic vessel south of Marathon, Fla., with 11 Cuban migrants aboard.  

A Coast Guard crew from Marathon responded, embarked the migrants and later transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne.

On Dec. 28, a good Samaritan reported another rustic vessel south of Matecumbe Key, Fla., carrying 14 Cuban migrants.

The Coast Guard Station in Islamorada launched a crew that embarked the migrants and later transferred them to the cutter Key Biscayne.

All 25 migrants were later transferred to the cutter Knight Island for repatriation.

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

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