Boat With 23 Haitian Migrants Stopped Off Florida Coast

U.S. Coast guard

U.S. officials say they have stopped a boat off the Atlantic coast carrying 23 Haitian migrants who were being smuggled into Florida by two Bahamian men.

The U.S. Coast Guard said 15 Haitian male migrants and 8 Haitian female migrants were detained in a Friday operation, and one of the women was taken separately in an emergency boat to receive medical care.

The migrants and suspected smugglers were traveling in a 25-foot boat and authorities say “migrant condition and weather quickly deteriorated.”

The two suspected smugglers were transferred to the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for potential prosecution.

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