In a single day U.S. Coast Guard intercepts four “crude vessels” containing a total of 67 Cubans

From our Bureau of Utter Desperation and Fruitless Escape Attempts

Cuban migrants packed like sardines in a can

The number of Cubans fleeing the island by sea continues to increase. The number is relatively small when compared to the thousands of Cubans fleeing via land through Central America and Mexico, but the spike is definitely noteworthy and alarming.

One of the four “crude vessels” intercepted over the past few days

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

The crew of the United States Coast Guard vessel, Katherine Moore, repatriated 67 Cuban citizens, after five interdictions on the same day off the Florida Keys.

The first interdiction was conducted when a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircraft crew alerted lookouts at Coast Guard Sector Key West on April 16 at approximately 1:30 p.m. m., of the presence of a rustic boat about 28 miles south of Marathon.

An hour later, the second operation was carried out when the crew of the Coast Guard cutter, Katherine Moore, alerted the watchmen of the Coast Guard sector of Key West, of a makeshift raft about 22 miles south of that point.

Also, the crew of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft, from the Miami Coast Guard Air Station, alerted the watchers of the Key West Coast Guard Sector, at approximately 2:15 p.m. m., from a precarious boat about 37 miles southwest of that island.

In another operation, a team from the Marathon Coast Guard Station alerted watchers in that sector around 4:45 p.m. of a boat sighting about 17 miles south of Ramrod Key.

Already at the end of the afternoon, of that same intense day, on Saturday, April 16, the crew of the coast guard ship, Charles Sexton, alerted the watchmen of the Coast Guard sector of Key West, of a rustic raft about 24 miles south of Marquesas Key.

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