Coast Guard urges safety at sea

164 migrants rescued in span of 1 week

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MIAMI - The Coast guard is urging safety at sea after a busy week of rescues.

According to the Coast Guard, its crews rescued 64 Cuban migrants and 100 Haitian migrants over the course of a week.

The 64 Cuban migrants were sent back to Cuba last week after three separate interdictions in the Florida Straits.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark reportedly located a grossly overloaded Haitian sail freighter in Bahamian waters Monday, deploying helicopter crews from the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos to assist in rescuing the distressed migrants.

"Migrant operations are unique in that they are both a law enforcement and a safety of life at sea mission," said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, deputy chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District. "In this case, the crew of the Paul Clark saved the lives of 100 Haitians attempting a perilous journey that could have had a tragic result."

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