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Coast Guard stops overloaded boat with Haitians off Bahamas

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

For the second 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 Coastline Guard claimed 123 persons were on board. The actual dimensions of the boat was not straight away known, but judging by footage unveiled by the Coastline Guard, the quantity of people on board considerably exceeded the vessel’s capacity.

The interdiction will come 6 days right after the Coastline Guard stopped a sailboat with 179 men and women from Haiti 30 miles off Andros Island, also in the Bahamas.

The federal govt tracks maritime migration by the fiscal year, starting and ending Oct. 1. If the figures of Haitian migrants stopped at sea proceed at the latest price, fiscal yr 2022 will surpass past fiscal year, which noticed the most people interdicted by the Coastline Guard given that FY 2019.

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

Friday’s incident is also element of a trend in which Haitian migrants are overloading on to sailboats to make the unsafe maritime journey. Various of these vessels have arrived off the coastline of Key Largo in the Higher Keys given that November.

In January, 176 men and women were stopped around the exclusive gated north Critical Largo neighborhood of Ocean Reef.

On Christmas Eve, Border Patrol brokers took 52 folks from Haiti into custody right after they arrived by sailboat off a distant two-lane freeway that leads to Ocean Reef termed Card Sound Street.

That landing arrived soon after 63 Haitian migrants landed in virtually the very same location on Card Sound Highway, again in an overloaded sailboat.

This tale was initially posted March 4, 2022 7:44 PM.

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David Goodhue addresses the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. In advance of joining the Herald, he lined Congress, the Environmental Security Company and the Section of Electricity in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.