A large number of Cubans are trying to reach the Florida coast and during this fiscal year the Coast Guard has intercepted 3,067 migrants compared to 838 in the 2021 fiscal year that ended last September.
The figures were disclosed by the United States Coast Guard when announcing that they repatriated this Sunday 64 Cubans who were intercepted in separate groups off the Florida Keys.
The repatriated Cubans tried to reach the Florida coast in rustic boats, fleeing repression, food shortages and the economic crisis in Cuba.
One group was sighted last Thursday at approximately 9 pm, about 25 miles south of Key West.
Another group was detected the same day at 11:30 p.m., about 30 miles south of Key West.
The Coast Guard said a Good Samaritan notified the Key West Coast Guard Sector about the presence of a migrant boat Friday at about 8:15 a.m., about 14 miles south of Boot Key.
Also, a Good Samaritan notified the Key West Coast Guard that he had sighted a migrant boat Friday at approximately 5:30 pm, about 40 miles south of Key West.
“Illegally migrating in makeshift boats, especially without life jackets or safety gear, is incredibly dangerous,” said Lt. Paul Puddington of Coast Guard District Seven. “Please, for your own safety, do not go to sea.”
The Coast Guard said that Cuban families in the United States seeking information about their relatives intercepted at sea should contact their local US representative and those located outside of this country can call the local US embassy.
This story was originally published on July 10, 2022 0:40 a.m.