The United States Coast Guard headquarters in Washington announced Friday (5 April) that more planes, ships and men would operate in the Florida straits.
Coast Guard Cutter at pier
Boat lowered into water
CU bridge of cutter
MS boat lowered into water
Gun on cutter deck
Men working in chart room
Violynn 3rd at dock
Officers take charts & equipment off Violynn
CU Custom man with charts
Wheel equipment away
Buchanan in car
Car pulls away
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Background: The United States Coast Guard headquarters in Washington announced Friday (5 April) that more planes, ships and men would operate in the Florida straits.
The purpose of the increased activity...reflected in this film at the Miami, Florida, Coast Guard Station... is to prevent new attacks by exile raiders against Fidel Castro's Cuba. Six more planes and twelve more boats will reinforce Coast Guard patrols working out of Florida and Puerto Rico.
Most of the activity is directed from the Coast Control Center at Miami. While the patrols began stepped-up operations, the Violynn Third, a raiding launch intercepted by a British frigate Sunday (31 March), returned to Miami on Friday (5 April). The boat was minus its fuel, machine guns and twenty-millimeter cannon when it arrived. A crewman swam ashore and made arrangements for surrender of the 17-man crew.
Jerry Buchanan, twenty-four, said the crewmen had thrown their weapons overboard. Immigration officials questioned the seventeen....and released Buchanan, a native American, and another American citizen soon afterward.