eleven people died, another 31 people were rescued on On Thursday, after a migrant boat capsized about 10 miles north of This is reported by the US Coast Guard.
The agency said the crew of Shortly before noon, the plane of the Customs and Border Guard Service noticed the capsized vessel. The crew reported people in water who didn’t turn out wearing Life jackets,” the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the ship was “suspected”. of take part in illegal flight.
Majority of in people on the boat was from Haiti, but two of the survivors were from the Dominican Republic, spokesman Geoffrey Quiñones said. for US Customs and Border Protection. A boat set off from the Dominican Republic and was heading through the treacherous Mona Strait to the western side of Puerto Rico, he said.
Mr Quiñones said that based on on bills from migrants, the boat took on water, and the passengers tried to bail water out of the boat. He said it’s not uncommon for such voyages because the boats are often “unseaworthy”.
“Looks like the boat crashed because it’s not the boat that made for such a journey,” said Mr. Quinones. “With many of people inside the boat of Of course it could happen.”
A Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday evening that the agency was still looking. for survivors and not know how many people was on a boat.
Absence of possibility in development of countries that were hard hit due to the coronavirus pandemic and rising prices that have caused food insecurity has led to an increase in of people seek entry into the United States.
More than 3,200 migrants were detained while trying to reach the United States by sea during the 2021 fiscal year. year. Majority of these concerns took place in California but the authorities in Florida detained 1,316 Cubans, Haitians, and Dominicans, almost the same as in the previous two fiscal years combined.
Data underestimate true amount of people seeking to enter by sea, because he is only events in which people detained or the ship returned.
After border guards and other law enforcement officers rounded up five smugglers and 25 migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic off shore of Puerto Rico last in autumn, officials noted a surge in illegal activity.
“We are seeing an increase in smuggling attempts across our borders,” Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent for Ramey Border Patrol Sector, said in statement at the time.
Many of migrants arrive from Haiti. They go insidious ways to escape a country beset by banditry, political instability and widespread poverty. They are arrive on West Coast of Puerto Rico with some frequency, often on famous improvised wooden boats on this island as “yolas”.
When the federal authorities detained large groups of migrants or arrest their smugglers, they repeatedly stressed the danger of intersection Mona Strait or unsafe landings, or in western Puerto Rico or three small islands in passage: Mona, Monito and Deseceo.
In October, US Border Patrol arrested four Dominicans. men and loaded them with transportation of 43 Haitians to Mona Island.
Last week, US Border Patrol agents detained 60 Haitian migrants and one Dominican who I arrived in Cabo Rojo, in southwest Puerto Rico. It followed arrival this month of 59 Haitians in rincon, on Northwestern tip of Puerto Rico, known for it’s strong surf.
In this case, the agents spotted a makeshift boat, a 30-foot makeshift craft, reaching the coast. They are found This is abandoned on shore and searched area until the migrants were discovered, according to the border guards.
Patricia Mazzei made a report.