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Fourteen Jamaicans Survive Seven Days Aboard Barge

April 29, 1986

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) _ Fourteen Jamaicans who stowed away for a week on a barge loaded with carnival and circus equipment were captured after some of them jumped for freedom into a river, officials said.

Capt. Bud Ring, skipper of the tugboat El Puma Grande pulling the barge to Green Cove Springs, radioed to authorities Monday that 10 to 15 stowaways had jumped into the St. Johns River near Orange Park.

Officials captured seven of the illegal aliens near a bridge, and seven more were found on the barge after it docked.

All of the stowaways were safe, said Customs agent Fred Haidu. Authorities found no food or water aboard the barge which left Montego Bay, Jamaica, about a week ago.

″They’ll just be deported and that will be the end of that,″ said Haiduk.