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Press Release | March 15, 2023

Coast Guard transfers 32 people to The Bahamas, repatriates 27 people to Cuba

To download Cuban interdiction process video, click this link. 

All Coast Guard Southeast imagery can be found on Dvids, here.  

All Coast Guard migration imagery can be found on Dvids, here

Family members in the United States inquiring about possible family members interdicted at sea, please contact your local federal U.S. representative.  

Para personas que residen en los EE.UU. buscando información sobre un familiar posiblemente interceptado por la Guardia Costera, por favor comuníquese con la oficina de su congresista o representante del Senado, local. 

MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutters Charles Sexton and James' crews transferred 32 Cubans to The Bahamas and repatriated 27 Cubans to Cuba, Wednesday.

An Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircrew notified Coast Guard District 7 watchstanders of a migrant vessel on fire, Thursday, at approximately noon, less than one mile off Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas. All the people on the vessel made it safely to shore. The aircrew dropped food, water, and a radio. The people reported all to be safe on land. 

Bahamian authorities requested Coast Guard assistance in rescuing the people off the island. 

A good Samaritan notified Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Sunday, at approximately 9:40 a.m., about 12 miles south of Sombrero Beach. 

A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircrew alerted Coast Guard Cutter James of a migrant vessel, Sunday, at approximately midnight, about 30 miles southwest of Key West.

“People trying to illegally migrate to the U.S. are being stopped by our hard working and highly proficient Coast Guard and partner agency air and sea crews," said Capt. Robert Kinsey, Coast Guard District Seven. "There is a great risk of losing your life by taking to the sea in unsafe, dangerous vessels. We are seeing more people of all ages putting their lives at risk. Our crews will rescue you and return your to your country of origin or departure. Don’t take to the sea.”​

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews interdicted 5,862 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. 

For more information about newly announced immigration programs: 

Fact Sheet: Biden/Harris Administration announces new border enforcement actions 

Secretary Mayorkas Delivers Remarks on DHS's Continued Preparation for the End of Title 42 and Announcement of New Border Enforcement Measures and Additional Safe and Orderly Processes 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans 

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