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Coast Guard, CBP remove stowaways from containership

Jan 17, 2019 03:50 PM

The crew of Diana J. finds the three men while en route to Miami


The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(MIAMI) — The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection responded to a report of three stowaways on the containership Diana J. on Wednesday approximately three miles offshore of the Port of Miami.

At approximately 6:34 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Miami watch standers received a report from the Diana J. crew stating they had located two Guatemalan adult male stowaways and one Honduran adult male stowaway during a pre-arrival stowaway search approximately 23 miles northwest of La Palma, Cuba, on Tuesday.

Capt. Megan Dean, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami, issued a Captain of the Port order stating the Diana J. crew could arrive no less than three miles offshore of the Port of Miami until Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) boarding teams boarded the vessel and cleared it for entry.

The boarding teams found no additional stowaways, rescinded the Captain of the Port order, and CBP Office of Field Operations took the stowaways into custody.

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