US Coast Guard repatriates 28 Cubans intercepted at sea

    20 de julio de 2018

    Miami, Jul 20 (efe-epa).- The US Coast Guard said Friday that it had repatriated 28 Cuban immigrants who were attempting to reach the country by sea but were intercepted during an operation carried out in the Florida Straits.

    The 28 Cubans (20 men, seven women and one child) were travelling aboard a 26-foot (8-m) rustic vessel and were intercepted north of Havana, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

    They were all repatriated Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

    "US immigration policies have not changed and we urge people not to take to the ocean in unseaworthy vessels," Capt. Jason Ryan, of the Coast Guard's 7th District, said.

    Ryan warned of the dangers of "attempting illegal voyages in homemade vessels without proper navigation or safety equipment."

    Since October 2017, some 189 Cubans have attempted to illegally enter the US by sea, compared to 1,989 during the previous fiscal year, the Coast Guard said.

    These numbers, according to the Coast Guard, represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, Caribbean and Atlantic.