Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell’s crew repatriated 32 Cubans to Cuba, Wednesday, following interdictions off the Florida Keys.
An Air Station Clearwater C-130 aircrew alerted Sector Key West watchstanders, Sunday, at approximately 1:30 p.m., about 65 miles south of Boot Key.
“Illegally migrating through the Florida Straits, Windward, and Mona Passages is dangerous every day,” said Lt. E’bria Karega, Coast Guard Seventh District. “Doing so during hurricane season makes these voyages even more unpredictable and life-threatening.”
Since Oct. 1, 2021, Coast Guard crews interdicted 2,248 Cubans compared to:
- 5,396 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
- 1,468 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017
- 259 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
- 313 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
- 49 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
- 838 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.