The Coast Guard finds 89 migrants in a sailboat, repatriates them to Haiti

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MIAMI – The US Coast Guard reported finding a sailboat with 89 migrants – some of whom asked for help – on Saturday about 17 miles northeast of Punta Maisi, Cuba.

They repatriated them to Haiti on Tuesday. U.S. Coast Guard District Seven Public Affairs NCO Nicole J. Groll released a statement.

“Families are voluntarily asking to leave these dangerous ships because the risk of loss of life is great,” Groll said.

The crew of the small Coast Guard Cutter Venturous ferry Haitians willing to voluntarily leave a dangerous vessel at the cutter, about 17 miles northeast of Punta Maisi, Cuba, April 9, 2022. The people were repatriated to Haiti on April 12, 2022. ((US Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Venturous))

The US Armed Forces Maritime Security Branch reported that the crew of Cutter Venturous repatriated the group of 53 men and 36 women to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

The report comes after the Coast Guard announced the return of 88 migrants on April 2 to Haiti. They had found the 62 males and 26 females on April 5 in a sinking ship.

The Coast Guard also reported that crews had intercepted 3,127 Haitian migrants since October. That’s more than all Haitian migrants who were banned in fiscal years 2017 to 2020.

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Coast Guard District Seven Law Enforcement Officer Lt. Connor Ives recently released a statement saying Haitian-American families in the United States should encourage loved ones in Haiti to avoid making the trip. dangerous.

“The risk of loss of life is great on these dangerous vessels,” Ives said.

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