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Posted on Thursday, 12.06.12

Coast Guard repatriates 13 Cubans rescued by fishermen off Keys

By CAROL ROSENBERG

crosenberg@miamiherald.com

The Coast Guard on Thursday handed over to Cuba authorities 13 migrants

who were saved from a sinking boat south of the Keys last week.

A fishing boat, the Rosa Marie, rescued the would-be migrants Nov. 30

from a foundering 15-foot craft south of Marquesas, according to a Coast

Guard statement. A 110-foot cutter, the Ocracoke, took custody of the

Cubans and eventually turned them over to the crew of the Coast Guard

cutter Pea Island.

The migrants were dropped off at Bahia de Cabañas, the port designated

for repatriations under the 1990s U.S.-Cuban migration accords.

The announcement included a stern warning from the Coast Guard's chief

of law enforcement for the Miami District. Capt. Brendan McPherson cited

the extreme risk to migrants trying to "illegally enter the United

States … aboard dangerously overloaded and ill-equipped vessels."

"The Coast Guard with our partner agencies will continue to patrol

vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to

the sea," said McPherson.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/06/3130252/coast-guard-repatriates-13-cubans.html#storylink=misearch

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