Sunday, February 5, 2023

US Coast Guard prevented Cuban rafters from landing in Florida

Miami, United States. – The United States Coast Guard intercepted this Wednesday a boat with approximately four ceiling The Cubans disembarked at Big Pine Key, according to the agency, CUBANET reports.

Every week, dozens of Cubans reach the Florida coast, where they are usually intercepted by Coast Guard agents and then deported to the island. However, many of them perish at sea before reaching land.

From the start of the current fiscal year (October 1, 2022) through mid-December, Coast Guard personnel intercepted 3,370 Cubans trying to reach the northern country.

Already in that short period, this figure represents more than half of the rafters detained during the previous fiscal year, in which 6,182 Cuban migrants were detained.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Coast Guard was searching for nine Cubans who were shipwrecked off the coast of Lake Worth, a city belonging to Palm Beach County, the US agency said on Twitter.

The Coast Guard was informed of the shipwreck by one of the survivors, who was rescued on a beach in Lake Worth this Sunday around 3:30 p.m.

The survivor reported that he and nine other rafters had left Cuba on 10 December in a ship that sank on Sunday morning.

Petty Officer First Class Nicole J., Coast Guard’s Seventh District. “Illegal migration in crude, floating vessels without safety equipment such as life jackets is dangerous,” Grohl warned. “Risking their lives during these adventures causes unnecessary worry to their loved ones whether they are safe or lost at sea,” he added.

Recently, the United States Embassy in Havana alerted Cuban rafters that it would strengthen surveillance in the Straits of Florida with a view to countering an increase in irregular maritime migration.

The diplomatic legacy on the island published a series of tweets on its Twitter social network account with a statement claiming that the migration crisis has become a national security concern.

“The Joint Homeland Security Task Force increased its operational status to address the recent increase in irregular maritime migration. Agencies patrol day and night, by land, air and sea,” reads one of the embassy’s publications. And increasing law enforcement.”

Immigration agreements between Cuba and the US establish that those intercepted on the high seas will be returned to the island.

Fuentes: kubenet

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