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 plane reveals an overloaded sailboat packed with men and women from Haiti off the coastline of Anguilla Cay Friday, March 4, 2022.

For the next time in a 7 days, the U.S. Coastline Guard on Friday stopped an overloaded sailboat packed with persons 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 claimed 123 people had been on board. The specific sizing of the boat was not promptly known, but judging by footage introduced by the Coastline Guard, the quantity of people today on board considerably exceeded the vessel’s ability.

The interdiction arrives 6 days soon after the Coast Guard stopped a sailboat with 179 persons from Haiti 30 miles off Andros Island, also in the Bahamas.

The federal government tracks maritime migration by the fiscal calendar year, beginning and ending Oct. 1. If the quantities of Haitian migrants stopped at sea go on at the present charge, fiscal year 2022 will surpass past fiscal calendar year, which saw the most persons interdicted by the Coast Guard considering that FY 2019.

Considering that Oct, the Coastline Guard stopped 1,116 Haitian migrants likely headed to Florida, as opposed with 1,527 in all of fiscal 12 months 2021. In fiscal year 2020, the Coastline Guard only encountered 418 men and women from Haiti at sea.

Friday’s incident is also portion of a development in which Haitian migrants are overloading on to sailboats to make the hazardous maritime journey. Several of these vessels have arrived off the coast of Critical Largo in the Upper Keys because November.

In January, 176 people have been stopped in close proximity to the special gated north Important Largo neighborhood of Ocean Reef.

On Xmas Eve, Border Patrol brokers took 52 folks from Haiti into custody after they arrived by sailboat off a remote two-lane highway that potential customers to Ocean Reef called Card Seem Street.

That landing arrived after 63 Haitian migrants landed in nearly the identical location on Card Seem Road, once more in an overloaded sailboat.

This tale was originally revealed March 4, 2022 7:44 PM.

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