The Coast Guard repatriated 85 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, this week. Fourteen were repatriated on Monday, 25 on Wednesday and 46 on Thursday.
These repatriations are a result of eight separate at-sea interdictions in the South Florida Straits.
“We discourage anyone from taking to the sea and attempting to reach U.S. soil illegally – they are risking their lives with very little chance of success,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Navigating the Florida Straits can be extremely dangerous for the unprepared on illegal voyages and often leads to injury or death.”
Since Oct. 1, 2015 at least 6,550 Cubans have attempted to migrate to the U.S. These statistics represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, Caribbean and Atlantic.
The Coast Guard Cutters Raymond Evans and William Trump are 154-foot fast response cutters homeported in Key West.