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15 migrants returned to Cuba

Posted on Friday, 09.21.12

15 migrants returned to Cuba

By Olga Nicole Castro


The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 15 Cuban migrants aboard two rustic

vessels to Bahia de Cabañas on Friday.

Six migrants were discovered Sept. 17 south of Marquesas and nine were

south of Key West, Coast Guard officials said.

Once aboard the Coast Guard cutter, the migrants were given food, water

and medical attention..

"U.S. Coast Guard policy is to deter and respond to dangerous, and

illegal maritime migration by intercepting vessels pursuing perilous and

illegal voyages," said Capt. Brendan McPherson, Seventh Coast Guard

District chief of enforcement. "We continue to maintain a robust

presence of cutters and aircraft throughout the Caribbean to prevent

illegal migration and migrant smuggling activities."

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