Coast Guard Interdicts 11 Migrants, Two Suspected Smugglers
MIAMI — The Coast Guard interdicted 11 migrants and two suspected smugglers Dec. 8 approximately 12 miles east of Government Cut, the 7th Coast Guard District said in a Dec. 12 release.
The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered crew located an unlit 26-foot vessel and safely embarked the seven Haitians, three Bahamians, two Ecuadorians and one Bolivian, and transferred them ashore to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Custody.
“These migrant smuggling operations and ventures seek to exploit our maritime border and the short distances between Caribbean nations like the Bahamas and the United States,” said Cmdr. Luis Rodriguez, 7th District response duty officer. “It is through our close interagency and allied networks that we are able to interdict, safely embark, and send a clear message that those attempting to enter the country illegally by sea will be returned to their country of origin, and this case is no exception.”
Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and medical attention.
The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered is a 154-foot sentinel class cutter in Miami.