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Coast Guard stops overloaded boat with Haitians off Bahamas

Grainy footage taken from a U.S. Coastline Guard aircraft shows an overloaded sailboat packed with persons from Haiti off the coast 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 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 said 123 people today were being on board. The specific measurement of the boat was not immediately known, but judging by footage launched by the Coast Guard, the range of people today on board significantly exceeded the vessel’s ability.

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

The federal governing administration tracks maritime migration by the fiscal calendar year, starting and ending Oct. 1. If the numbers of Haitian migrants stopped at sea continue at the current level, fiscal calendar year 2022 will surpass last fiscal yr, which observed the most people interdicted by the Coast Guard since FY 2019.

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

Friday’s incident is also component of a craze in which Haitian migrants are overloading on to sailboats to make the risky maritime journey. Quite a few of these vessels have arrived off the coast of Important Largo in the Higher Keys considering that November.

In January, 176 people today have been stopped near the exceptional gated north Critical Largo neighborhood of Ocean Reef.

On Xmas Eve, Border Patrol agents took 52 persons from Haiti into custody just after they arrived by sailboat off a remote two-lane freeway that leads to Ocean Reef known as Card Seem Road.

That landing came after 63 Haitian migrants landed in nearly the identical spot on Card Sound Highway, once again in an overloaded sailboat.

This story was initially printed March 4, 2022 7:44 PM.

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David Goodhue handles the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Ahead of becoming a member of the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Defense Company and the Office of Electricity in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the College of Delaware.