Haitian and Bahamian migrants interdicted off Miami

Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered help migrants transfer from the cutter's small boat to the cutter after the crew interdicted 11 migrants and two suspected smugglers on Sunday, December 9, 2018, approximately 12 miles east of Miami. US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally

MIAMI, USA — The US Coast Guard interdicted 11 migrants and two suspected smugglers on Sunday approximately 12 miles east of Miami.

The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered crew located an unlit 26-foot vessel approximately 12 miles east of Government Cut. The cutter Robert Yered crew safely embarked the seven Haitians, three Bahamians, two Ecuadorians, one Bolivian and transferred them ashore to US Customs and Border Protection Custody.

“These migrant smuggling operations and ventures seek to exploit our maritime border and the short distances between Caribbean nations like The Bahamas and the United States,” said Cmdr. Luis Rodriguez, Coast Guard 7th District response duty officer. “It is through our close interagency and allied networks that we are able to interdict, safely embark, and send a clear message that those attempting to enter the country illegally by sea will be returned to their country of origin, and this case is no exception.”

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and medical attention.



  1. The writer (or maybe the US officer being quoted) needs to get his facts straight. There were no ‘Bahamian migrants’ on board the vessel. According to local press reports, there were 5 Ecuadorians, 3 Haitians and 2 Dominicans.

    FYI Bahamians have no need to migrate to Florida by boat as there are scores of flights daily and Bahamians do not require visas to enter the United States. Others, from poor countries to the south, use the Bahamas to enter the USA (and many are happy to settle right here, too).

    Get your facts straight.

    Editor’s note: Take it up with the US CBP who issued the release in the first place


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