MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The US Coast Guard intercepted 191 Haitians aboard an overloaded sail freighter about 40 miles southwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas.
The green and blue sail freighter was detected during a routine patrol Tuesday at approximately 1 a.m.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Launches Building Blocks Fund For Affordable Housing
The Coast Guard crew provided life jackets and brought the Haitians aboard their cutters.READ MORE: Saturday Is 'Kids To Park Day', Get Outside, Have Some Fun
“The Coast Guard maintains a persistent presence patrolling the waters around Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, to help prevent loss of life on the high seas,” said Lt. David Steele, Coast Guard liaison officer, U.S. Embassy Haiti. “These grossly overloaded vessels operate without proper safety equipment and are not built for these hazardous voyages.”MORE NEWS: Florida Man Who Killed Co-Worker Over Affair Gets Life In Prison
As is the case, those interdicted at sea can expect to be repatriated.