Miami, Florida – According to the U.S. Coast Guard announced the repatriation of 260 Haitians on Friday after two at-sea interdictions off Haiti and Cuba.
A U.S. Coast Guard crew interdicted a 35-foot sail freighter with 77 people aboard on Friday morning about 20 miles south of Cuba, during a routine patrol.
Another Coast Guard crew interdicted a 55-foot sail freighter with 183 people aboard on Wednesday about 36 miles off Cap Du Mole, Haiti.
“We cannot stress enough how dangerous these voyages are,” Cmdr. Jared Trusz said in a statement. “With our presence in the Caribbean Sea and through the Windward Passage, we hope to discourage these voyages on overloaded vessels and prevent loss of life.”