Coast Guard interdicts 6 migrants off the coast of Boca Raton

by Sabrina Lolo
Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Coast Guard interdicts 6 migrants off the coast of Boca Raton (U.S. Coast Guard Southeast)

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted six migrants Monday, about seven miles east of Boca Raton.

Officials say Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from a good Samaritan of a suspicious 15-foot wooden vessel with six people aboard near Boca Raton.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ibis arrived and interdicted six Cuban men, according to officials. The crew safely embarked all six migrants aboard the cutter.

“People attempting to illegally enter the United States put their lives and their loved ones at risk.” said Petty Officer 1st Class Paula Verden, Coast Guard Sector Miami command center.

“These unseaworthy crafts do not have navigational or safety equipment on board, exposing its occupants to a tragic scenario. The Coast Guard continues to maintain a focused and coordinated efforts with multiple agency assets to interdict any attempt to immigrate by sea to the United States, Individuals interdicted at sea attempting to illegally immigrate will be repatriated to their country in accordance with existing U.S. immigration policy.”

The migrants were transferred to Cuban authorities for repatriation.