The United States Coast Guard confirmed Thursday that it has repatriated 67 Cuban rafters detained in various operations near the Florida Keys to the island, once again warning that there is a risk of reaching the United States in unsecured boats. It’s too risky to try.
A few days before the end of the year, the Coast Guard crew on board the Charles David Jr. carried out the repatriation of Cubans captured in five operations since last Monday.
Coast Guard District Seven Lieutenant Commander Mark Cobb recalled that winter weather in the Florida Straits is unpredictable:
“It could result in these rustic and unsafe boats capsizing and people lose your life,
In 2022, at least 13 people have died trying to reach US soil illegally by sea.
The danger of crossing the Caribbean Sea and the Straits of Florida is a topic that is also regularly addressed by the US Embassy in Havana.
In mid-December, the diplomatic headquarters warned that “migrants should be aware of what is happening in the deep sea. there are mortal dangers, Bad weather, rip currents, invisible rocks and even poor navigation” can put a person’s life in danger.
The Coast Guard works with other US agencies, such as the Border Patrol, to prevent illegal immigration by sea and to repatriate detainees.
Over the past two months, there has been an increase in the number of Cuban migrants detained for attempting to immigrate illegally to the United States by sea. A total of 3,724 have been intercepted off the coast of Florida since October 1.