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The US Coast Guard repatriated two Dominicans and returned 39 Haitians to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage Tuesday in the Mona Passage waters near Rincon, Puerto Rico. 
During a routine patrol Tuesday, the aircrew of a Customs and Border Protection Marine Enforcement Aircraft detected an illegal voyage, approximately 10 nautical miles southeast of Rincon, Puerto Rico.   
Following the sighting, the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon interdicted the 30-foot makeshift boat.  The crew of the cutter Richard Dixon safely embarked all the passengers after they were observed bailing water to keep the vessel from capsizing.  

A 30-foot makeshift vessel that was taking part in an illegal voyage after it was interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon near Rincon, Puerto Rico March 28, 2022. The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon transferred two Dominicans and 39 Haitians from the interdicted group to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel March 30, 2022. (US Coast Guard photo)

The cutter Richard Dixon repatriated 27 men and 14 Haitian women from this group to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Wednesday morning. 
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimise potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.  
One other Dominican Republic national from this group remains in Puerto Rico to face federal prosecution on charges of attempted illegal reentry into the United States. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico is leading the prosecution in this case.  
The interdiction is the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group CBIG. 
From October 1, 2021, to February 28, 2022, the Coast Guard and CBIG partner agencies have carried out 45 illegal voyage interdictions in Mona Passage and Caribbean waters near Puerto Rico.    
Interdicted during this period were 1,088 non-US citizens comprised mostly of Dominican Republic and Haitian nationals (798 Dominicans, 253 Haitians, 1 Ecuadorian, 36 Venezuelans). 
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