U.S. Coast Guard removes 176 Haitians from overloaded 60ft wooden death trap boat approaching Florida Keys
- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 176 Haitian migrants from a wooden ship near the Florida Keys on Monday.
- The 60-foot boat was spotted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations flight crew in the Bahamas.
- At least 20 migrants received medical treatment for symptoms of dehydration; four people, including two children, were hospitalized
- The group was taken to the Dania Beach Border Patrol Station where they were to be processed
A group of 176 Haitians were rescued by the US Coast Guard after their wooden boat took on water as they approached the Florida Keys on Monday.
The migrants were first spotted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations flight crew as the 60-foot boat sailed about 25 miles northeast of Anguilla Cay , Bahamas, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
Sector Key West deployed the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark to the location of the overloaded vessel near Ocean Reef for the rescue mission as the wooden boat braved harsh weather conditions with 20 mph winds and seas of 4 to 6 feet.
The crew provided personal flotation devices for those on board the boat, which lacked basic lifesaving equipment or navigation lights.
After the vessel crossed the reef line, a boat crew assigned to the Coast Guard Station in Islamorada made plans with at least 11 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to arrest the migrants. Haitians.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 176 migrants from Haiti on Monday aboard a 60-foot wooden vessel near the Florida Keys. The boat was first spotted in the Bahamas by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations flight crew who alerted the Coast Guard.
Haitian migrants are escorted to US Border Patrol vehicles in South Florida after being rescued by the US Coast Guard from a wooden vessel that took on water near the Florida Keys on Monday
At least 20 people required medical assistance and four migrants, including two children, were rushed to a local hospital due to symptoms of dehydration.
The Haitian migrants were bused to the Dania Beach Border Patrol Post where they were processed, ABC affiliate WSVN reported.
“It is extremely dangerous to navigate the Florida Straits on an unseaworthy vessel, especially off the Florida Keys where the water is very dangerous with shoals and reefs. “, said Chief Warrant Officer James Kinney. “Thanks to the rapid coordination between so many different agencies, no lives were lost during this ban.”
The US Coast Guard did not say how many days or weeks the migrants were at sea.
On Christmas Eve, 53 Haitian migrants were detained by US Customs and Border Protection after their sailboat arrived in Key Largo.
CBP also arrested 63 migrants after their wooden boat arrived in the Upper Florida Keys on Nov. 18 after spending three weeks at sea.
At least 20 Haitian migrants received medical assistance for symptoms of dehydration
A wooden raft filled with 176 migrants from Haiti took on water in the Florida Keys before the US Coast Guard came to their rescue and pulled them out
According to the Miami Herald, most of the migrants held aboard the previous two boats have been released, but can still be deported to the Caribbean island.
The sudden increase in Haitian migrants leaving their country for better opportunities in the United States and other countries was triggered by economic malaise, a devastating earthquake and political unrest following the President’s assassination. Haitian Jovenel Moise in July 2021.
At least 13,320 Haitian migrants have been deported to their country of origin on 125 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights as of Jan. 6, according to the International Organization for Migration. The mass deportation came after thousands of migrants crossed the Mexico-US border and settled in a makeshift camp under the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuña International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, in mid-September.
Many migrants were taken into custody while others returned to Mexico where they applied for humanitarian visas.
The US Coast Guard routinely returns persons prohibited at sea to their country of origin.
Agency teams have already rescued 557 Haitians three months into the current fiscal year. This is a sharp increase from last year, when 1,527 Haitians had been rescued by the end of the year.
The US Coast Guard said 418 Haitian migrants were rescued in 2020, 932 in 2019, 609 in 2018 and 419 in 2017.