US Coast Guard repatriates 140 migrants to Dominican Republic after operation close to Puerto Rico

America Coast Guard (USCG) just lately concluded an operation close to Puerto Rico, ensuing within the repatriation of 140 migrants to the Dominican Republic. 

This initiative unfolded final week after the detection of two vessels overcrowded with migrants within the neighborhood of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Stories are that upon identification of the vessels positioned 75 nautical miles northwest of Aguadilla, the crew aboard the Cutter Joseph Doyle swiftly took motion. 

Responding promptly to the reviews, they intercepted the vessels, thereby stopping the continuation of the migrants’ perilous journey.

Group of migrants intercepted

Throughout the group of intercepted migrants have been 137 nationals from the Dominican Republic and three from Haiti. 

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The assemblage was promptly transported to the territorial waters of the Dominican Republic, located south of Punta Cana, to make sure their secure return.

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Switch challenges 

On Friday, 104 migrants have been handed over to a navy vessel inside the Dominican Republic’s territorial boundaries. Nonetheless, on account of unfavorable sea situations, the entire switch skilled delays. 

The Cutter Joseph Doyle made a subsequent journey the next day to switch the remaining 36 people.

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Rise in irregular migration makes an attempt

From October 1, 2022, to August 28, 2023, the USCG has famous an uptick in irregular migration makes an attempt within the Mona Passage and surrounding waters close to Puerto Rico.

In whole, throughout the specified operation interval, the USCG has thwarted 64 such makes an attempt, ensuing within the detention of 1,675 Dominicans, 264 Haitians, 15 Venezuelans, seven Kazakhs, one Albanian, and two Colombians.

Warning to potential migrants

The USCG has persistently warned towards the hazardous journey tried by these migrants. 

Captain José Díaz, the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Commander, emphasised the inherent dangers concerned in these irregular migration voyages, highlighting the potential lack of life on account of overloaded vessels and treacherous sea situations.

Unwavering dedication to saving lives

Moreover, Captain Díaz reiterated the unwavering dedication of the USCG and its companion companies to diligently work in direction of stopping these illegal voyages and the tragic lack of life at sea. 

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