US Coast Guard repatriates 20 Cuban rafters intercepted near the Florida Keys

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) announced the repatriation to Cuba of 20 rafters who were intercepted near the Florida Keys.

As reported by the agency on its Twitter account, the crew of the William Trump cutter took 20 Cuban citizens back to the island who had been picked up on the coasts of the keys when they were sailing in unsafe boats.

“Family members looking for information about their loved ones should contact their US representative or the embassy,” the publication said, before reiterating that they should not throw themselves into the sea.

According to data from the USCGIn the last fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2020 and ended on September 30, more than 800 Cubans who intended to enter the country illegally by sea were intercepted.

The number of 838 Cuban rafters rescued on the high seas or on the coasts is much higher than in the previous fiscal period, when only 49 rafters were found.

On October 2 of this year the North American Coast Guard repatriated nine rafters to Cuba, the first immigrants returned to the Island after the start, the day before, of fiscal year 2022.

The Cubans had been detained days earlier some 54 miles southwest of the Marquesas Cays, just as the boat in which they were traveling was sinking in the sea.

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