(MENAFN– Caribbean News Global)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard repatriated four Dominicans and nine Haitians to the Dominican Republic between Monday and Wednesday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage near Rincon, Puerto Rico.
The interdiction is the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group CBIG.
“This successful interdiction is the result of the strong partnerships between the Coast Guard and our fellow Caribbean Border Interagency Group partners who work daily to safeguard the nation’s southernmost maritime border,” said Capt. Gregory H. Magee, Sector San Juan commander. “Many people do not realize how close they come to losing their lives during an illegal voyage, and they also may not realize that if they are caught they may face prosecution for migrating illegally to the United States.”
A Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine unit interdicted an illegal voyage transporting non-U.S. citizens aboard a 22-foot blue colored makeshift boat Friday morning, just off the coast of Rincon, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez that arrived on scene and safely embarked the migrants.
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crewmembers were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.
During Fiscal Year 2022, from October 1, 2021, through January 21, 2022, the Coast Guard interdicted 44 illegal voyages near Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands with 798 Dominicans, 253 Haitians, 14 Venezuelan, 1 Ecuadorian, and 35 others of u ndetermined nationalities.
Family members in the United States inquiring about possible family members interdicted at sea, please contact your local US representative. Relatives located outside the United States please contact your local US Embassy.
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