Tuesday, December 06, 2022

US Coast Guard repatriates 120 Cuban rafters after Hurricane Ian


The US Coast Guard (USCG) this Friday sent back 120 Cuban rafters that had hit the Florida coast during the passage of Hurricane Ian.

According to an official statement, the crew of Coast Guard cutter Reliance carried out transfer operations of migrants detained in various operations at sea.

According to the USCG, on September 23, passengers were detained from a fishing boat about 20 miles south of Key West at 8 a.m. Another rowing boat was reported the next day about 20 miles south of Boca Chica at 11:50 a.m.

That same Saturday at 7:40 p.m., about 60 miles south of Cayo Marquesas, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane from Miami Coast Guard Air Station supported the rescue of another group of Cuban rafters, the statement details. , 10 minutes later came another report of a boat about 40 miles south of Cayo Marquesas.

On Sunday, for its part, a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations team alerted watchmen in the Key West sector of a sailing vessel, about 12 miles southeast of Islamorada, at around 8:20 a.m. .

Also, another group of migrants was found at 10:34 a.m., about 18 miles south of Marathon.

Another fleet of Cubans was found about 12 miles south of Islamorada at around 12:30 on Monday.

“While going out to sea at any time carries significant risk, it is downright reckless to go out to sea during a storm,” said Coast Guard District Seven Captain Robert Kinsey.

He remembered that on Wednesday a boat Not suitable for navigation drowned, and they are still searching for the 17 missing.

“We can only pray that our crews find them and their families and loved ones can rest. Our air and surface crews are on patrol and searching Avoid illegal and unsafe exploits“, He added.

Despite reports of swelling and danger to navigation associated with Hurricane Ian, the Cuban migration crisis is evident in the high number of rafters arriving daily in South Florida.

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