Coast Guard intercepts 20 Cuban migrants
MIAMI – A gaudily painted boat and a Coast Guard airplane played key roles in catching 20 Cubans trying to sneak into the United States Thursday and Friday. The Coast Guard also arrested a smuggling suspect, officials said Sunday.
Cuban border security told Coast Guard watchstanders about a boat with passengers illegally leaving Cuba. A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plane spotted “High Trollers” and stopped the boat 41 miles south of Key West. Of the five Cuban women, five Cuban men, one child and the boat’s driver, all but one man and the driver will be taken back to Cuba. Those two were taken into custody.
On Friday, a crew on an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane flying over the Bahamian island Cay Sal spotted two people hiding in bushes. Crewmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton docked and found nine
Cuban citizens. Cay Sal is a geographically convenient way station between Cuba and Key West. The Coast Guard handed the nine Cubans to Bahamas Immigration for return to Cuba.
– Miami Herald