300 Migrants Rescued from Overloaded Sailing Vessel near Haitian Coast

Coast Guard cutter crews rescue nearly 300 migrants from an overloaded sailing vessel off
U.S. Coast Guard -- Southeast

U.S. Coast Guardsmen rescued nearly 300 migrants attempting to flee Haiti on a sailing vessel. Photos show the migrants packed on the deck of the overloaded boat.

U.S. Coast Guard Southeast officials tweeted photos of the rescue at sea of nearly 300 people who were packed onto the deck of an overloaded sailing vessel. Officials report the crews of Coast Guard Cutters Valiant, Flores, and Dependable stopped the vessel approximately 20 miles northwest of Mole St. Nicholas, Haiti, on January 26.

Other DHS agencies including Homeland Security Taskforce — Southeast, CBP Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Border Patrol assisted the Coast Guard in preventing the possible loss of life had the vessel continued into the open seas.

A few days earlier, Coast Guard officials interdicted another overloaded sail freighter off the coast of the Bahamas, Breitbart Texas reported. In this case, the Coast Guard found nearly 400 migrants on the deck of the sailing vessel.

The Coast Guard discovered the overloaded vessel after rescuing a person who reportedly fell overboard due to the overcrowded conditions.

In the past week, Coast Guard Southeast crews working the Florida Straits, the Winward and Mona Passes stopped more than 1,000 migrants from making their way to the Florida Coast.

A “rustic vessel” with 20 Cuban migrants on board managed to make landfall in the Marquesas Keys just west of Key West. Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar tweeted a photo of the dangerously overloaded vessel after it beached in Florida.

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