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|Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2007|
|Sailboat with 103 Haitians beaches in Florida, one dies|
|By Agence France-Presse|
MIAMI, Mar. 28, 2007 (AFP) - A sailboat with 103 would-be immigrants from Haiti aboard ran aground at a beach just north of Miami, the US Coast Guard said Wednesday. One person died on the beach.
|Members of the Hallandale Beach, Fla. police department walk over to shield from view the body of a migrant that came ashore Wednesday March 28, 2007. About 100 migrants apparently from Haiti were being treated for dehydration Wednesday after their dilapidated, overloaded sailboat reached the Florida shore, officials said. At least one person died in the crossing. (AP Photo/Allem Moreno)|
The group arrived aboard a cargo sailboat of between 15 to 20 meters (50-60 feet) long early Wednesday.
Local television broadcast images of the immigrants jumping off the ship and running towards the beach.
"The Border Patrol has 102 in custody, one was found dead in the beach," said Coast Guard spokesman Dana Warr.
"We're doing shoreline searches with some aircraft and some vessels, just to rule out there's some people in the water," Warr said.
|Haitian migrants wait to board Homeland Security buses in Hallandale Beach, Florida, Wednesday, March 28, 2007. About 100 migrants apparently from Haiti were being treated for dehydration Wednesday after their dilapidated, overloaded sailboat reached the Florida shore, officials said. At least one person died in the crossing. (AP Photo/Andrew Uloza)|
US Customs and Border Protection agents will send the would-be immigrants back to Haiti, Warr said.
The group of more than 100 was unusually large for Haitian immigrants.
"The last time a large group of Haitians as this arrived in the US was in October 2002," he said. "Those were about 230."
Since October the Coast Guard has intercepted 834 Dominicans, 711 Cubans and 272 Haitians at sea attempting to sneak into the country.
Copyright © 2007 Agence France Presse
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