MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard is advising against unpermitted voyages from Florida to Cuba amid the unrest on the island nation.
In a statement, Rear Admiral Eric Jones said the agency supports “the Cuban people exercising their fundamental right of freedom of expression and assembly.”READ MORE: Florida Records Highest One-Day Total Of COVID Cases With 21,000
However, he added that “anyone considering a migrant voyage to not take to the sea.”
“The transit is dangerous and unforgiving as nearly 20 lives were tragically lost in recent weeks as a result of these dangerous voyages.”READ MORE: Activists Hold 'Down With The Chains' Rally At Bayfront Park Saturday
Jones then went on to address any locals considering boating to or near the island nation.
“The Coast Guard along with our local, state, and federal partners are monitoring any activity that may indicate increases in unsafe and illegal maritime migration in the Florida straits; including unpermitted vessel departures from Florida to Cuba,” Jones said.MORE NEWS: Dolphins' Xavien Howard Back At Practice Open To Fans
Jones ended the statement warning that the Coast Guard and its federal partners patrol the Caribbean, both at sea and in the air.