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Coast Guard Intercepts 309 Haitian Migrants in ‘less Than Seaworthy’ Vessel Off Florida’s Coast
This week, the United States Coast Guard sent back to Haiti several hundred Haitians who were traveling on a tiny boat in an attempt to enter the United States illegally and seek asylum there. The Coast Guard said on Tuesday that the Cutter Valiant and the Cutter Legares responded to reports of a vessel packed with people that were sailing off the coast of Florida on January 26 at approximately 7:30 a.m.
This location is approximately 23 miles northwest of Mole Saint Nicolas, Haiti. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter assigned to Operation Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos saw the vessel and reported its location to watchstanders in Coast Guard District Seven.
Following the interdiction, the USCG reported that 309 Haitians were brought back to their home country. There were men, women, and even some little children in the gathering. A boat that was carrying hundreds of Haitian migrants was stopped by the United States Coast Guard off the coast of Florida.
A boat that was carrying hundreds of Haitian migrants was stopped by the United States Coast Guard off the coast of Florida. District 7 of the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard District Seven Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole Groll issued a message in which she strongly discouraged people from making an attempt to sail to the United States.
According to Groll, “attempting to migrate by water in a vessel that is not seaworthy is not only unlawful but also exceedingly dangerous.” These journeys have a high risk of death because of the merciless nature of the ocean.
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After the Coast Guard intercepted their boat on January 31, they were able to safely return 309 Haitians to their home nation. Jan. 26. After the Coast Guard stopped their boat on January 26, they were able to safely return 309 Haitians to their home nation on January 31. District 7 of the United States Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard stated that after the migrants were safe aboard the cutters, they were provided with food, water, shelter, and fundamental medical care. They arrived back in Haiti on Monday and Tuesday after being transported there.
According to the United States Coast Guard, sailors have prevented 2,513 Haitian migrants from reaching the United States since October 1, 2022. In the past three years, there has been a discernible rise in the number of Haitians who go to the United States in the hope of attaining asylum. After making an effort to reach the United States by boat, the United States Coast Guard took 309 Haitian men, women, and children back to their own country.
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