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Bahamas detains 143 Haitian migrants on packed sailboat

August 10, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Authorities in the Bahamas have detained 143 migrants from Haiti on a crowded sailboat at the southern edge of the island chain.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force says a patrol boat stopped the vessel west of Ragged Island. Among the migrants were 23 women and three children. All were taken Monday to a military base in Nassau for further investigation.

The Bahamas typically repatriates migrants who are detained at sea.

A Defense Force statement says eight Cubans were also apprehended last Wednesday in a vessel off Grand Bahama.

The force has detained nearly 1,000 migrants this year.

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