Coast Guard stops overloaded boat with Haitians off Bahamas

Grainy footage taken from a U.S. Coast Guard plane shows an overloaded sailboat packed with people today from Haiti off the coastline of Anguilla Cay Friday, March 4, 2022.

For the 2nd time in a 7 days, the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday stopped an overloaded sailboat packed with people 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 individuals were being on board. The specific dimensions of the boat was not quickly recognized, but judging by footage released by the Coast Guard, the variety of men and women on board far exceeded the vessel’s ability.

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

The federal governing administration tracks maritime migration by the fiscal calendar year, commencing and ending Oct. 1. If the quantities of Haitian migrants stopped at sea keep on at the present amount, fiscal year 2022 will surpass past fiscal yr, which observed the most individuals interdicted by the Coast Guard considering that FY 2019.

Considering that October, the Coast Guard stopped 1,116 Haitian migrants most likely headed to Florida, in comparison with 1,527 in all of fiscal calendar year 2021. In fiscal yr 2020, the Coast Guard only encountered 418 people today 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 perilous maritime journey. Several of these vessels have arrived off the coastline of Vital Largo in the Higher Keys because November.

In January, 176 folks have been stopped around the exceptional gated north Critical Largo local community of Ocean Reef.

On Christmas Eve, Border Patrol brokers took 52 persons from Haiti into custody just after they arrived by sailboat off a distant two-lane highway that potential customers to Ocean Reef named Card Audio Highway.

That landing arrived just after 63 Haitian migrants landed in pretty much the same area on Card Seem Street, again in an overloaded sailboat.

This story was at first released 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. Prior to becoming a member of the Herald, he coated Congress, the Environmental Security Agency and the Office of Strength in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the College of Delaware.