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Coast Guard locates 55 Cuban migrants off Florida coast, sends them back to country

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The U.S. Coast Guard sent 55 Cubans located off the coast of Florida back to their home country on Wednesday. In a news release, the USCG said the crew of USCGC William Trump made the repatriations after the following interdictions off Florida's coast over the past week: – Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircrew alerted Sector Key West watchstanders of a "rustic vessel" approximately 50 miles south of Boca Chica around 12:10 p.m.

Saturday, October 1. – USCGC William Flores' crew alerted Sector Key West of a migrant vessel approximately 10 miles south of Long Key around 6 a.m.

Monday, October 3. – Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew alerted Sector Key West to a "rustic vessel" taking on water approximately 30 miles south of Islamorada on Monday, October 3. – Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew alerted Sector Key West to a "rustic vessel" approximately 40 miles south of Plantation Key around 8:20 a.m.

on Monday, October 3. Once on board a ship, the Coast Guard said all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. "Hurricane season is not over and more storms are brewing," said Lt.

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