The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous returns to its homeport of Cape May Wednesday at 2:20 p.m. following a 53 day patrol in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Upon departing Cape May in March, the crew Vigorous patrolled the mid-Atlantic Ocean in support of Operation Safe Catch, a Coast Guard operation intended to improve commercial fishing vessel safety and prevent loss of life and property at sea by increasing the rate of safety compliance with existing safety standards through education and outreach.

Following the Operation Safe Catch patrol, the Vigorous and its crew sailed more than 1,000 miles to the Yucatan Pass in the Gulf of Mexico to participate in a joint maritime defense exercise with U.S. and Mexican Navy forces. The joint exercise simulated the interdiction of a potential terrorist threat on the high seas.

The crew of the Vigorous also deployed to the Windward Pass off the north coast of Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance and maritime security assistance in support of the government of Haiti. They helped repatriate 90 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien after they were located at sea on a grossly-overloaded vessel.Vigorous crewmembers distributed life jackets to the migrants and safely transferred the 57 men, 32 women and one child to the cutter.

“Safety of life at sea is paramount and we make every effort to rescue people embarked in unseaworthy craft or in peril from the sea regardless of nationality or circumstances,” said Lt. Adam Disque, the cutter’s operations officer.

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