A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew notified Sector Key West watchstanders of this migrant vessel about 20 miles south of Indian Key, Florida, Dec. 11, 2022. The people were repatriated to Cuba on Dec. 14, 2022.

U.S. Coast Guard Repatriates 162 People Off The Florida Coast, Back To Cuba

migrant vessel about 30 miles south of Key Colony Beach, Florida, Dec. 10, 2022
Migrant vessel about 30 miles south of Key Colony Beach, Florida, Dec. 10, 2022. U.S. Coast Guard District 7

United States Coast Guard crews repatriated 162 Cubans to Cuba on Wednesday following interdictions off Florida’s coast.

According to U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast, Key West watchstanders were notified of a migrant vessel on Saturday, at approximately 3 a.m., about 30 miles south of Key Colony Beach. But that was just the start.

Over the course of a five-day period, the US Coast Guard was alerted and responded to twelve interdictions off the Florida coast.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew notified Sector Key West watchstanders of this migrant vessel about 20 miles south of Indian Key, Florida, Dec. 11, 2022. The people were repatriated to Cuba on Dec. 14, 2022.
A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew notified Sector Key West watchstanders of this migrant vessel about 20 miles south of Indian Key, Florida, on Dec. 11, 2022. The people were repatriated to Cuba on Dec. 14, 2022.

“USCG, partner agency crews continue to patrol & stop illegal migration to the U.S. by sea. We will repatriate those stopped at sea to their country of origin or departure,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Miller, D7.

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews interdicted 3,370 Cubans compared to: 

  • 6,182 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2022
  • 838 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021
  • 49 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
  • 313 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 259 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 1,468 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017
  • 5,396 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2016

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

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