Coast Guard repatriates 26 Cuban migrants found off Florida Keys

A US Coast Guard vessel docks during an offload of packages. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images) (EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI, Getty Images)

MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 26 people to Cuba Tuesday following an interdiction off the Florida Keys, according to a news release from the agency.

The agency intercepted the Cuban migrants Friday after someone reported sighting a rustic vessel roughly 15 miles southeast of Islamorada, the release said.

“Family members in the United States inquiring about possible family members interdicted at sea, please contact your local U.S. representative,” Petty Officer Nicole J. Groll, Coast Guard District Seven, said in the release. “Relatives located outside the United States, please contact your local U.S. Embassy.”

The Coast Guard has intercepted nearly 2,000 Cuban migrants since Oct. 1, 2021, according to the agency.

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