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Over 390 Haitian migrants caught near Anguilla Cay

More than 390 Haitian migrants crowded onto a sloop were caught in waters near Anguilla Cay on Saturday, officials said.

Among their numbers, a minor was found dead, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said.

The vessel was spotted on Saturday, January 21, near Guinchos Cay by the US Coast Guard.

It was later caught 27 nautical miles off Anguilla Cay by the USCG Legare. It had 394 people onboard.

The migrants were turned over to the RBDF and transported to Inagua.

The Department of Immigration noted that a facility was built on Inagua to house more than 800 migrants.

“Through its law enforcement agencies and international partners, The Bahamas government continues to work assiduously and continually to address the irregular migration problem,” the Department of Immigration said in a statement. 

“The Department of Immigration is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that the intercepted migrants are repatriated as quickly as possible.”

The RBDF said more than 500 migrants have been caught at sea so far this year.

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