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Palm Beach investigating boat landing of migrants from Haiti, Ukraine – Palm Beach Post

PALM BEACH — Town police are investigating a suspected migrant landing along a beach in Palm Beach on Friday morning.
Thirteen people, 12 of which are from Haiti with one from Ukraine, were in custody after witnesses said they arrived off the coast in a 25-foot fishing boat at about 7:45 a.m. and fled toward the shore on the 2700 block of South Ocean Boulevard, about one-third of a mile north of the Lake Worth Beach bridge, Palm Beach Police said.
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The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted the vessel off shore fewer than two hours later, according to Palm Beach Police Capt. Will Rothrock.
Witnesses reported seeing 25-35 people jump off the boat, Rothrock said. The total number has not been confirmed, he added, nor has the immigration statuses of those in custody.
Ambulance crews took two people to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries, and all will be turned over to the custody of Border Patrol.
Rothrock said immigrant landings happen about three to five times a year in Palm Beach. Typically, the Palm Beach police, in conjunction with Homeland Security, will investigate and seek to bring charges against possible smugglers.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Palm Beach Police in the ongoing investigation.
Hannah Phillips is a journalist covering public safety and criminal justice at The Palm Beach Post. You can reach her at hphillips@pbpost.com.

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