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    Coast Guard Stops Boat with 400 Haitians Off the Bahamas That Was Likely Headed to Florida

    Coast Guard Stops Boat with 400 Haitians Off the Bahamas That Was Likely Headed to Florida

    — The U.S. Coast Guard stopped a migrant boat carrying nearly 400 people from near an isolated island in the Bahamas, according to Bahamian officials.

    The Coast Guard on Sunday intercepted the 396 people near Cay Sal Bank, a remote island about 30 miles off the northern coast of , according to a statement released by the Bahamian Department of Immigration.

    Sources had told the MIAMI Herald days before that the overloaded boat was likely headed toward the Florida Keys. Several overloaded Haitian freighters packed with people leaving Haiti have shown up off the coast of the island chain since November 2021.

    The Coast Guard released a video of the boat sailing as its crews approached on patrol boats and a C-144 Ocean Sentry plane flew low over the scene.

    The people on board are being transported to Bahamian authorities aboard a Coast Guard cutter, the agency said in a statement.

    Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson, commander of U.S. Coast Guard District Seven, said crews had been following the Haitian boat, but it was a migrant bobbing in the water off Cay Sal that helped lead to interdiction.

    “A cutter was patrolling through the area and they came across somebody in the water, which in that area would be very, very unusual, “ he said. “They rescued that person; they brought him on board. It turned out that he was a Haitian citizen who had been aboard this vessel we had been tracking for some time. As it…

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