Risking Migration to U.S.
On September 13th 2021 Over 100 Haitian migrants boarded a homemade boat, attempting to leave a country riddled with gang violence, political turmoil and devastating conditions in the wake of a deadly earthquake.
But at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the nearly 700-mile trip neared its end on the Atlantic Ocean less than 20 miles away from their destination, the United States.
The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a 35 foot boat on Sunday that had 103 migrants from Haiti on it, officials confirmed. The migrants told officials they spent six days at sea.
The boat was found roughly 18 miles east of Biscayne Bay and was called in by a Good Samaritan.
“There were way too many people on board,” said Petty Officer Ryan Estrada, USCG public affairs specialist.
Coast Guard officials confirmed Monday that crew members safely transferred the migrants onto the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge.
Officials said the migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.
There were no reported medical concerns, despite their long and dangerous journey.