RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The interception occurred last Tuesday, when a Coast Guard surveillance aircraft notified Key West naval station of the presence of a "rustic raft with 14 people on board" some 26 miles (41 kilometers) southeast of Anguilla Key.
The 14 Cubans were transferred to a cutter for repatriation today as the increase in interceptions and repatriations by sea over 2020 and 2019 continues.
"Sailing in an unseaworthy vessel is dangerous and may result in lives lost," Coast Guard liaison officer Mario Gil cautioned in a statement, calling on mariners to "report any potential migrant voyages to help . . .