U.S. Coast Guard Interdicts 30-Foot Vessel With 25 Haitian Nationals on Board Off Florida’s East Coast
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast // March 6, 2021
overloaded, unseaworthy vessel did not have lifesaving equipment on board
(U.S. COAST GUARD) – Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet and Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations rescue crews interdicted a 30-foot vessel with 25 people aboard Wednesday after they called for help reporting they were taking on water approximately 30 miles northeast of Jupiter.
The Station Lake Worth Inlet rescue crew determined the vessel was overloaded and not in danger of sinking. There were no reported medical concerns.
Coast Guard Cutter William Flores arrived on the scene and embarked on 25 Haitian nationals: nine adult males, nine adult females, and seven accompanied minors for repatriation to Haiti.
“Thankfully the people aboard this vessel had a VHF radio in order to call for help, but there wasn’t any other lifesaving equipment on board,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Reynolds, command duty officer, Sector Miami.
“The risk of loss of life is too great to take to the seas in overloaded, unseaworthy vessels and no lifesaving gear.”
Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 181 Haitians compared to the fiscal year 2020, Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020, where crews interdicted 418 Haitians.
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.
Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no migrants in these cases who reported having any COVID-19 related symptoms.
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