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Coast Guard detains almost 30 Cuban rafters in the last 12 hours

MIAMI, United States. – Some 28 Cuban rafters were intercepted by United States Coast Guard agents in the Florida Keys in the last 12 hours, indicated this Sunday Patrol Chief Walter N. Slosar.

According to that source, Coast Guard agents and local police “responded to multiple landings of migrants in the Florida Keys that involved homemade boats.”

Despite the risks of crossing the Straits of Florida on rafts or rustic boats, no injuries were reported, Slosar said.

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Just this Saturday, four Cuban migrants (adult men) They were arrested by US Coast Guard agents after making landfall in Key West, according to indicated US authorities.

The four Cuban rafters, who crossed the Straits of Florida on a commercial fishing boat, were intercepted by Coast Guard agents at 1:00 a.m. this Saturday.

Cubans continue to throw themselves into the sea, indicates the Coast Guard

“We urge families in the United States to encourage their loved ones to migrate legally,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Cobb, a security officer for Coast Guard District Seven in the wake of the soaring illegal migration of Cubans in the past. going from the current fiscal year.

“Illegally crossing the unpredictable Florida Straits in crude and improvised boats is very dangerous and can result in loss of life,” he added.

Since October 1, 2021, the beginning of the current fiscal year, US Coast Guard crews have intercepted 1,952 Cubans, a figure that exceeds the number of migrants from the island intercepted each fiscal year from 2017 to 2021.

According to the agency, the statistics have behaved as follows: 5,396 Cubans intercepted in fiscal year 2016; 1,468 in 2017; 259 in 2018; 313 in 2019; 49 in 2020 and 838 in 2021.

“Once aboard a Coast Guard patrol boat, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention,” the Coast Guard has indicated on other occasions.

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