Coast Guard has rescued more than 200 migrants off the Florida coast within the past week

MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard responded to several migration attempts from Cuba, Haiti, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic with the past week.

In all, more than 200 people were rescued and repatriated by the Coast Guard as of Sunday night.

Crews aboard the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dependable rescued the largest group of migrants, when an overloaded 30-foot sail freighter with 82 Haitian migrants aboard was discovered south of Great Inagua, Bahamas.

Another rescue involved a Coast Guard helicopter that rescued 12 Cuban migrants who were stranded on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas.

In another incident, cruise ships The Norwegian Pearl and Carnival Ecstasy, rescued 65 Cuban migrants from rustic vessels in two separate incidents in the Florida Straits.

"Although there were no reported deaths in any of these cases, all of them could have ended tragically," said Todd Lutes, chief of incident management for the Coast Guard Seventh District in a release. "Not one of the boats had lifesaving or navigation equipment and nearly all of them were experiencing signs of distress and taking on water."

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