U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 36 Cuban migrants

Officials estimate more than 3,400 Cuban migrants have attempted journey to U.S. since last October


MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday repatriated 36 migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

The repatriation came after four separate interdictions at sea in the span of a week, beginning Aug. 1.

Officials said the migrants attempted to illegally enter the United States on "unseaworthy vessels," commonly referred to as rustics or chugs.

"Along with our Department of Homeland Security and international partners, the Coast Guard continues to robustly patrol the Florida Straits and Caribbean sea to prevent migrants from taking the perilous and illegal maritime journey to the United States. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, we will seek to quickly repatriate illegal migrants to their respective countries," said Capt Mark Gordon, chief of response enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District.

Officials said all the migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical attention aboard the cutter.

Since Oct. 1, 2014, more than 3,400 Cuban migrants have attempted to cross the sea to enter the U.S., according to the Coast Guard.

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