In the early hours Monday morning officials responded to a report of several hundred migrants stranded in the Florida Keys.
WSVN.com reports that at least 11 law enforcement units responded to the emergency, in which up to 200 people were in need of assistance.
This morning, before 5 a.m.,@CBP components along with our law enforcement partners responded to a maritime smuggling event involving a large group of migrants that made landfall near Ocean Reef Key Largo, FL. The investigation remains ongoing. #DonTakeToTheSea pic.twitter.com/KmC5c6r9gZ
— CBP Florida (@CBPFlorida)
January 10, 2022
Commenting on the situation, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dispatcher said “We’ve got a migrant vessel with 186 souls on board and a possible capsize, according to Coast guard.”
Upon approaching the boat authorities found dozens of Haitian migrants clinging to the vessel as it was taking on water. Authorities assisted the stranded migrants and transported approximately four people to the hospital for treatment. Two of those transported were apparently children, while two were adults.
In all, 20 people required medical attention.
After rescuing the migrants authorities loaded them on buses and took them to Dania Beach Border Patrol Station for processing.
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