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Coast Guard stops overloaded boat with Haitians off Bahamas

Grainy footage taken from a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft shows an overloaded sailboat packed with people from Haiti off the coast of Anguilla Cay Friday, March 4, 2022.

Grainy footage taken from a U.S. Coastline Guard aircraft shows an overloaded sailboat packed with men and women from Haiti off the coastline of Anguilla Cay Friday, March 4, 2022.

For the 2nd time in a week, the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday stopped an overloaded sailboat packed with individuals migrating from Haiti.

This time, the vessel was stopped about 10 miles off Anguilla Cay, a Bahamian island just north of Cuba. The Coast Guard explained 123 men and women were on board. The actual size of the boat was not right away known, but judging by footage launched by the Coast Guard, the range of folks on board much exceeded the vessel’s capacity.

The interdiction arrives six days right after the Coastline Guard stopped a sailboat with 179 persons from Haiti 30 miles off Andros Island, also in the Bahamas.

The federal authorities tracks maritime migration by the fiscal yr, beginning and ending Oct. 1. If the figures of Haitian migrants stopped at sea proceed at the present-day amount, fiscal calendar year 2022 will surpass previous fiscal yr, which observed the most people today interdicted by the Coastline Guard considering the fact that FY 2019.

Given that Oct, the Coast Guard stopped 1,116 Haitian migrants likely headed to Florida, when compared with 1,527 in all of fiscal yr 2021. In fiscal year 2020, the Coast Guard only encountered 418 folks from Haiti at sea.

Friday’s incident is also portion of a pattern in which Haitian migrants are overloading on to sailboats to make the risky maritime journey. Many of these vessels have arrived off the coastline of Key Largo in the Upper Keys considering the fact that November.

In January, 176 individuals were being stopped in the vicinity of the special gated north Essential Largo community of Ocean Reef.

On Christmas Eve, Border Patrol brokers took 52 persons from Haiti into custody just after they arrived by sailboat off a remote two-lane highway that sales opportunities to Ocean Reef identified as Card Seem Road.

That landing came just after 63 Haitian migrants landed in nearly the exact location on Card Audio Highway, once again in an overloaded sailboat.

This story was at first posted March 4, 2022 7:44 PM.

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David Goodhue addresses the Florida Keys and South Florida for and the Miami Herald. Before signing up for the Herald, he coated Congress, the Environmental Security Agency and the Division of Electricity in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the College of Delaware.