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84 Haitian Migrants Found Adrift Near Turks & Caicos


84 Haitian migrants on a 42-foot vessel approximately 30 miles southwest of Turks and Caicos Islands, Oct. 28, 2018. While on routine patrol the cutter Thetis crew located the migrant vessel and embarked all 84 migrants for repatriation to Port-au-Prince,

Dozens of Haitian migrants were found adrift in an overloaded boat near the Turks and Caicos Islands.

A U.S. Coast Guard crew found 84 people crowded into a 42-foot boat on Sunday about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the British territory.

Haiti, and the Turks and Caicos Islands
Haiti, and the Turks and Caicos Islands

Cmdr. Randall Chong said in a statement Tuesday that the boat was "dead in the water" and lacked life jackets or other safety equipment.

84 Haitian migrants on a 42-foot vessel approximately 30 miles southwest of Turks and Caicos Islands, Oct. 28, 2018. While on routine patrol the cutter Thetis crew located the migrant vessel and embarked all 84 migrants for repatriation to Port-au-Prince,
84 Haitian migrants on a 42-foot vessel approximately 30 miles southwest of Turks and Caicos Islands, Oct. 28, 2018. While on routine patrol the cutter Thetis crew located the migrant vessel and embarked all 84 migrants for repatriation to Port-au-Prince,

The migrants were given food, water and medical care aboard a Coast Guard vessel before they were returned Tuesday to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Coast Guard says 2,488 Haitian migrants attempted to reach U.S. shores by sea in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard says it has intercepted 132 Haitians in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

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