MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard announced the repatriation of 260 Haitians on Friday after two at-sea interdictions off Haiti and Cuba.
During a routine patrol, a U.S. Coast Guard crew interdicted a 35-foot sail freighter with 77 people aboard on Friday morning about 20 miles south of Cuba.
On Wednesday, another Coast Guard crew interdicted a 55-foot sail freighter with 183 people aboard about 36 miles off Cap Du Mole, Haiti.
“We cannot stress enough how dangerous these voyages are,” Cmdr. Jared Trusz said in a statement. “With our presence in the Caribbean Sea and through the Windward Passage, we hope to discourage these voyages on overloaded vessels and prevent loss of life.”