Coast Guard repatriates Cuban migrants

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The Coast Guard cutters Pea Island and Nantucket repatriated 52 Cuban migrants this week to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

Coast Coast 7th District command center watchstanders received notification on Sept. 2 of a disabled 35-foot center console west of the Bahamas with an unknown amount of suspected migrants aboard. The Coast Guard cutter Oak arrived and embarked 20 Cuban migrants. The 20 migrants were later transferred Friday to the cutter Nantucket and repatriated.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders received notification Sept. 3 of a 15-foot chug that departed Cuba with 12 suspected migrants. The cutter Nantucket intercepted the vessel southwest of Key West and embarked 12 Cuban migrants. The cutter Nantucket repatriated nine of the 12 migrants on Friday and the Pea Island repatriated the remaining three on Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification of a disabled vessel south of Key West with an unknown number of suspected migrants aboard. The cutter Oak arrived and embarked 21 Cuban migrants. The migrants were transferred to the cutter Pea Island and repatriated Saturday.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.