Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Coast Guard officer warns rafters: “It’s a dangerous trip, there are sharks”

A United States Coast Guard (USCG) official called on Cuban rafters not to continue jumping into the ocean to reach that country because of the dangers involved in the journey.

USCG Lt. Cdr Ryan Lloyd flew his plane on Saturday to the tiny island of Sal Bank in the Bahamas’ Anguilla, where 14 Cubans were stranded, with food, water, blankets and a radio to communicate with. was thrown. flight crew.

“The amount of time we spend looking for missing people, or their boat sinking or capsizing… I mean, it’s a dangerous trip,” Lloyd told a reporter local 10 who went with him

“There are sharks here. These ships, they’re not very seaworthy. There’s obviously some frustration, but I wish there was a better solution than feeling the need to go out to sea and make that trip,” he insisted. Said by giving

Cubans said on the radio that they left Camagüey on 1 January. They did not know the time when they reached the island, but thought they had been there for more than a week.

The officer informed him that he had reported the matter to the Bahamian authorities.

Lloyd recalled that the increase in irregular immigration from Cuba and Haiti has led to the strengthening of air and sea operations of agencies such as the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection in South Florida.

“It’s the busiest place I’ve ever been. And I’ve been here on and off for the last decade,” he said.

Although US authorities continue to discourage Cubans from illegally crossing the Straits of Florida on rafts and other pastoral vessels, Cubans continue to use that route to immigrate to the United States.

on friday USCG repatriates 90 Cuban rafters detained in various maritime operations off the coast of Florida, where they were intercepted before reaching the Keys.

the day before, the Agency rescues a Cuban migrant and 54 Haitians abandoned by smugglers In the uninhabited nature reserve of Isla Monito, Puerto Rico. They were taken to the port of Mayagüez in Puerto Rico, where they would be received by the Border Patrol (USBP).

action taken with a Republican Sen. Rick Scott visits USCG District Seven in the Keys of Florida, to assess efforts to save lives and stop illegal immigration.

The former Florida governor criticized the immigration and border policies of the Biden administration and blamed it for a rise in illegal landings, which is straining local resources, and affirmed what needs to be done to help the Cuban people .

Faced with this reality, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas reiterates that Cuban rafters flock to Florida’s shores They would not be able to benefit from humanitarian parole and would be deported back to Cuba.

“Cubans and Haitians who cross US soil by sea and land will not be eligible for the parole process and will be subject to deportation proceedings,” Mayorkas said on Twitter.

In his statement, he warned that there is an increased presence of security forces along the Florida coast and that all rafters trying to enter illegally will be stopped and turned back.

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