Feds Intercept 176 Haitian Migrants in Sailboat off Florida Coast

Feds Intercept 176 Haitian Migrants in Sailboat off Florida Coast


A Customs and Border Protection flight crew detected a grossly overloaded vessel 25 miles northeast of Anguilla Cay, Bahamas. The aircrew notified the Coast Guard on Monday night and coordinated a joint interdiction. Personnel onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark intercepted the vessel near Key Largo, Florida, and discovered 176 Haitians aboard.

Upon arrival, the Paul Clark’s crew provided flotation devices to the migrants to prevent loss of life. The weather conditions at the time could have proven deadly. Wind conditions were over 20 miles per hour and waves were 4-6 feet at the time.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel sailed without basic lifesaving equipment or navigation lights.

Once the vessel was inside the reef line off the

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