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US repatriates more than 160 Haitians intercepted at sea

Sunday, January 13, 2013 | 8:12 AM    

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MIAMI, USA (CMC) – The United States Coast Guard said it intercepted a “perilously over-packed wooden sailboat” with more than 150 Haitians off the coast of the Bahamas.

In a statement on Friday, the Coast Guard said that the 270-foot long USCG Cutter Bear intercepted the “grossly overloaded” 40-foot sailboat southwest of Long Island, Bahamas, on January 4.

It said the would-be migrants were brought aboard the Cutter Bear and given food and water and basic medical care before their repatriation Thursday to Cap Haitien, on the northern coast of Haiti, closest to the Bahamas.

The US Coast Guard patrols that section of the Caribbean to deter illegal migration to South Florida.

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