Coast Guard Advising Against Unpermitted Voyages From Florida To Cuba Amid Unrest – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – U.S. Coast Guard advises against unauthorized travel from Florida to Cuba amid unrest in the island nation.

In a statement, Rear Admiral Eric Jones said the agency supported “the Cuban people in the exercise of their fundamental right to freedom of expression and assembly.”

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However, he added that “anyone considering a migration trip should not go to sea”.

“The transit is dangerous and unforgiving, as almost 20 people have tragically lost their lives in these dangerous journeys in the past few weeks.”

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Jones then went on to reach out to any local residents considering sailing boats to or near the island state.

“The Coast Guard, along with our local, state and federal partners, is monitoring any activity that could indicate an increase in unsafe and illegal sea migration in the Florida Straits; including unauthorized shipping from Florida to Cuba, ”said Jones.

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Jones ended the statement by warning that the Coast Guard and its federal partners are patrolling the Caribbean both at sea and in the air.

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