56 Haitian Migrants Detained Near Where Boat Capsized Earlier This Week

A statement from the Royal Bahamas Defense Forces says the migrants were captured near Ragged Island.

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013  |  Updated 5:38 PM EDT
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Bahamas, Coast Guard Continue Haitian Migrant Search After Survivor Found

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30 Haitian Migrants Dead After Boat Capsizes

A total of 30 Haitian migrants were reported dead on Tuesday and about 110 others were rescued southwest of Bahamas after their overloaded boat capsized, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Bahamas, Coast Guard Continue Haitian Migrant Search After Survivor Found

Authorities continue searching for Haitian migrant survivors after a man was found Wednesday. A crew from a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted the survivor about 10 miles from where the capsized boat was originally found.
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The Bahamas military has detained 56 Haitian migrants on a boat near where another migrant vessel capsized earlier this week.

A statement from the Royal Bahamas Defense Forces says the migrants were captured near Ragged Island. They were detained Wednesday as authorities were searching for survivors or bodies from Monday's capsizing near Harvey Cays.

The military says about 30 migrants drowned when their boat struck ground and capsized in an area dotted with tiny islands, reefs, rocks and expanses of shallow water. Authorities have not been able to recover all the bodies.

The military says 111 survivors of the capsizing and the 56 found near Ragged Island will be held in New Providence and repatriated. The Bahamas has detained more than 1,500 migrants this year, 90 percent from Haiti.

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