U.S. Coast Guard sends 86 Haitians back after intercepting boat north of Cuba

November 10, 2018 03:36 PM

Updated November 10, 2018 03:36 PM

According to the Coast Guard, The Jayhawk crew remained on the scene to provide overhead support as the weather worsened.

“Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and medical attention,” the release said.

In June, 50 Haitian migrants were repatriated to Haiti by the Coast Guardafter their overcrowded sailboat was intercepted near Cuban waters. Another 77 migrants opted to go to Cuba.

In March, two overloaded boats carrying a total of 201 Haitians were intercepted by the Coast Guardnear the Bahamas. As in Saturday’s interception and repatriation, the Jayhawk first spotted them struggling.

According to Coast Guard records, approximately 221 Haitian migrants have attempted to illegally enter the United States by sea since Oct. 1 compared to 2,488 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2018.

“These numbers represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic,” the agency said.

The cutter Thetis is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based in Key West.

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