UNITED STATES-MIGRATION-US Coast Guard transfers 217 Haitians to the Bahamas

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A Coast Guard cutter small boat gives people lifejackets, in the vicinity of Dog Rocks, Bahamas, Nov. 17, 2022. The people were transferred to Bahamian authorities on Nov. 19, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Escanaba's crew)

MIAMI, The United States Coast Guard has transferred 217 Haitians to Bahamian authorities after they were found in the vicinity of Dog Rocks in the Bahamas.

The Coast Guard said crews from the cutters Escanaba and William Flores had stopped the “grossly overloaded” 40-foot sailing vessel.

“Having so many people aboard a rustic vessel without safety equipment and minimal food and water is extremely dangerous,” said Lieutenant Peter Hutchison, Coast Guard District Seven, adding, “we are grateful to have located them before something disastrous occurred.”

Since October 1 this year, the US Coast Guard said its crews had interdicted 395 Haitian migrants.

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