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Over 400 Haitian migrants rescued by U.S. Coast Guard, returned to Haiti – WPLG Local 10

David Dwork, Digital Journalist
Published: October 2, 2021, 1:01 PM
Updated: October 5, 2021, 9:08 AM
David Dwork, Digital Journalist
MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted hundreds of Haitian migrants earlier this week.
According to a release from the Coast Guard, a total of 202 Haitians were rescued Tuesday on the waters about 20 miles northwest of Cap Du Mole, Haiti.
All the migrants were brought aboard the Coast Guard cutter due to the 50-foot sail freighter that the migrants were traveling on being overloaded, authorities said. It was later destroyed as “a hazard to navigation,” per the release.
“Migrants attempting to enter the United States by sea are often on grossly overloaded, unseaworthy vessels, and without safety equipment,” said Lt. David Steele, Coast Guard Liaison Officer, U.S. Embassy Haiti. “Sadly, many people have lost their lives in these attempts.”
The migrants were all safely returned to Haitian authorities on Thursday.
No injuries or major medical concerns were reported among the migrants.
In a separate incident, 199 Haitian migrants were rescued from a 50-foot sail freighter on Thursday afternoon.
They were found southeast of Pointe de la Plateforme, Haiti.
All migrants were brought aboard the Coast Guard cutter. They were safely transferred to Haitian authorities on Saturday.
The vessel they were traveling on was destroyed as “a hazard to navigation.”
According to the Coast Guard, 1,527 Haitian migrants have been rescued since Oct. 1, 2020.
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Members of the National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network met on Tuesday in Miami-Dade County to announce they will continue to send requests to the President Joe Biden administration to halt deportations of Haitian migrants.
Local leaders including Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava joined rallygoers at Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church in Miami Gardens.
Three Haitian families ended up in South Florida after crossing the border in Texas.
David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.
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