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Coast Guard stops overloaded Haitian migrant boat off Bahamas

The U.S. Coastline Guard stopped an overloaded sailboat with approximately 180 persons crammed on its deck off the Bahamas Sunday evening.

The 179 individuals were being initial sighted by a Coastline Guard air crew about 11 p.m. sailing about 30 miles off Andros Island, the company stated.

Two cutters, the Self confidence and the Harriet Lane, stopped the vessel and took the men and women on board. The Coast Guard reported they were transferred to the custody of the Royal Bahamian Defense Power on Tuesday.

The federal government tracks maritime migration by the fiscal calendar year, commencing and ending Oct. 1. If the figures of Haitian migrants stopped at sea proceed on their present-day trajectory, fiscal year 2022 will surpass final fiscal yr, which observed the most individuals interdicted by the Coastline Guard since FY 2019.

Given that October, the Coast Guard stopped 993 Haitian migrants headed to Florida, in contrast to 1,527 in all of fiscal calendar year 2021. In fiscal year 2020, the Coastline Guard only encountered 418 folks from Haiti at sea.

The Coast Guard is also looking at a surge in Cuban migrants on the Florida Straits, the most given that fiscal yr 2017. Professionals stage to deteriorating economic and political conditions in both equally nations.

Sunday’s end also carries on a craze of Haitians boarding overloaded sailboats as a migration means. In January, a team of 176 men and women were stopped near the exclusive gated north Crucial Largo community of Ocean Reef.

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Fire rescue personnel are inclined to a migrant boat carrying up to 100 individuals from Haiti early Monday morning, Jan. 10, 2022, off Key Largo. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

On Xmas Eve, the Border Patrol took 52 people from Haiti into custody after their sailboat arrived off a distant two-lane highway close to Ocean Reef named Card Audio Road. In November, 63 Haitian migrants also arrived on a sailboat in pretty much the same locale off Card Audio Street.

The Coast Guard Tuesday issued a statement urging migrants from each Cuba and Haiti not to threat their life seeking to migrate to the States on these types of journeys. Not only is it very perilous, migrants are probably to be returned to their homelands if caught.

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A sailboat floats in the shallow drinking water off Card Seem Road in Crucial Largo Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. The U.S. Border Patrol claimed 61 migrants from Haiti ended up on the vessel. One more substantial group of migrants arrived Sunday night time, Jan. 9, 2022, in just about the same spot. U.S. Border Patrol

“The likelihood of a successful migration voyage is minimal, and when these voyages are stopped, individuals ought to anticipate to be returned to their place of origin,” Lt. Vladimir Jimenez, legislation enforcement obligation officer with the Seventh Coastline Guard District command center, explained.

This story was initially printed March 1, 2022 4:56 PM.

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David Goodhue addresses the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Just before becoming a member of the Herald, he lined Congress, the Environmental Security Agency and the Division of Vitality in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.