Hundreds of Haitian migrants arrive on boat in Florida Keys

James J. Latham

Hundreds of migrants from Haiti arrived in a picket boat off shore of an unique gated local community in north Key Largo Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

Initial studies estimate involving 150 and 200 men and women have been on board the vessel when it stopped in the shallow water off Ocean Reef Club soon after 1 p.m., reported Adam Linhardt, spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Business.

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Dozens of Haitian migrants collect on shore at Ocean Reef Club, a gated neighborhood in north Vital Largo, Sunday, March 6, 2022. The people today are portion of a massive migrant team that arrived on a wood boat that working day. Jason Rafter/FWC

Far more than a hundred people on the boat swam to shore moments following the vessel grounded, with some needing clinical help, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Main Agent Walter N. Slosar mentioned Sunday evening via Twitter.

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Haitian migrants are collected on a wooden vessel that grounded off Ocean Reef Club in Vital Largo Sunday, March 6, 2022. Officer Jason Rafter/FWC

U.S. Customs and Border Safety initially explained in a assertion introduced on Twitter that the landing was a “human smuggling occasion.” Officers, nonetheless, now say it looks like a mass migration incident that does not include smugglers, provided the style of vessel utilized.

“We’re not viewing any indications of smuggling,” stated Nestor Yglesias, spokesman for Homeland Protection Investigations, the company that investigates human smuggling crimes.

Human smuggling ordinarily entails the use of a speedboat or cabin cruiser to supply folks. On Sunday, the migrants loaded on to an ageing wood boat that from the seems to be of it had questionable seaworthiness.

Law enforcement resources say it doesn’t seem any of the people who arrived are in will need of severe professional medical focus.

This is the third substantial group of migrants stopped between Haiti and the United States in a week, with an approximated whole of far more than 500 folks whom U.S. immigration officers have taken into custody. Two interdictions final 7 days — on Sunday and Friday morning — resulted in 179 and 123 people taken into custody respectively.

People incidents transpired off two independent islands of the Bahamas.

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Haitian migrants are collected on a picket vessel that grounded off Ocean Reef Club in Essential Largo Sunday, March 6, 2022. Jason Rafter/FWC

The Ocean Reef place is also starting to be a widespread spot for substantial groups of Haitian migrants to get there in South Florida.

In January, 176 persons have been stopped close to Ocean Reef.

On Xmas Eve, Border Patrol agents took 52 folks from Haiti into custody right after they arrived by sailboat off a distant two-lane freeway that sales opportunities to Ocean Reef termed Card Sound Road. That landing came immediately after 63 Haitian migrants landed in practically the very same spot on Card Seem Road, yet again in an overloaded sailboat.

This is a building story and will be up to date when much more data is obtainable.

Reporter Omar Rodríguez Ortiz contributed to this report.

This story was initially printed March 6, 2022 4:11 PM.

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David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Ahead of becoming a member of the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Safety Company and the Division of Vitality in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the College of Delaware.

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