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News Release

January 17, 2013

Contact: 7th Coast Guard District


Office: (305) 415-6683

Coast Guard repatriates 14 Haitian migrants

MIAMI — The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bear repatriated 14 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector Miami received notification of a suspected migrant vessel from the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin, east of Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., Jan. 7.

After further investigation, the Bluefin embarked 14 Haitian migrants who were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak. The Sitkinak brought the 14 migrants from southern Florida to the Coast Guard Cutter Bear who later repatriated the migrants to Cap Haitien.

 “Migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States by boat often travel aboard dangerously overloaded and ill-equipped vessels," said, Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. "People aboard these vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk, so the Coast Guard with our partner agencies will continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bear is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin is a 87-foot patrol boat, homeported in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Miami.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at



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