33 Cuban migrants repatriated in 4 interdictions this week in Florida Straits

Coast Guard intercepts 21 Friday, 12 Tuesday


MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard said it repatriated 33 Cuban migrants this week in four separate incidents in the Florida Straits.

According to a Coast Guard news release, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 21 Cuban migrants on Friday and 12 Tuesday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

"Migrants aboard overloaded and unseaworthy vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk of injury and death," Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra said.

The Coast Guard said all migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

Since Oct. 1, at least 5,241 Cubans attempted to migrate to the U.S. via the ocean compared to 4,473 in fiscal year 2015, according to the Coast Guard.