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Turks and Caicos authorities intercept Haitian migrant sloop
Published on September 2, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A sloop carrying 82 would be illegal immigrants was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and brought safely to port at Providenciales on Monday morning.

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The vessel was interdicted following a report passed to the police by immigration staff at the government’s coastal radar station.

The 60 males and 22 females were handed over to immigration officials at the detention centre. After processing they will be repatriated to Haiti in the next few days.

Two of the group were sent to the Cheshire Hall Medical Facility for treatment due to extreme fatigue and another for a laceration sustained trying to jump overboard and escape the authorities.

“I urge the Haitian authorities to stop these attempts at illegal migration from their shores to the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Don Hue Gardiner, Minister for Border Control and Labour. “Not only is it extremely dangerous for those concerned -- this vessel was taking on water when we caught it -- but, it is a disproportionate burden on the resources of this country. It must stop.

“I commend all of our responders and agencies for their hard work and commitment to duty.”
 
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