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Bahamas detains 132 Haitian migrants at sea

April 21, 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Authorities in the Bahamas have detained 132 Haitian migrants in a boat that broke down off a remote, sparsely populated island.

Police Superintendent Stephen Dean says 107 males and 25 females were intercepted off the coast of Ragged Island. The group included six boys.

Dean said Monday that local fishermen alerted authorities about the disabled boat in the archipelago’s southern waters.

Bahamian officials are flying the migrants to the main island of New Providence for processing by immigration officials.

Each year, hundreds of Haitian migrants risk voyages aboard rickety boats in search of work in the Bahamas or to use the archipelago off Florida’s east coast as a jumping point to try and enter the U.S.

On Friday, another boat with 89 Haitian migrants aboard was seized in Bahamian waters.

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