The US Coast Guard has pulled around 176 Haitians from an overloaded, unseaworthy boat as it arrived at the coast of Florida, officials said, amid the ongoing crises in Haiti.
As per the statement of a Coast Guard, The rescue effort took place on Monday, after the US border and marine officials located the 18-metre (60 footed) boat some of 40 kilometres northeast of the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, Chief Warrant Officer James Kinney said, “it is hazardous for us to track the Florida Straits in an unseaworthy vessel, specifically off the Florida Keys where the water is extra treacherous with shoals and reefs. and thanks to the quick coordination among so many different agencies, no casualty has been reported during the interdiction.”
#HappenedToday @USCG crews intercepted, assisted in the rescue of 176 Haitians aboard an overloaded sailing vessel Mon., near Ocean Reef. Reportedly 10 ppl were hospitalized. Sea state: 4-6 ft., 20 mph winds.
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) January 11, 2022
Meanwhile, around ten people have been taken to hospital with the symptoms of dehydration. The rescue took place amid a marked increase in migration activities in Haiti, which witnessed a series of crises every day in the past few months, including an increase in gang-linked activities and violence and abduction in the after-effects of the July killing of the President Jovenel Moise.
In August, Haiti has witnessed a devastating earthquake that took more than 2000 lives and has destroyed several homes in the country’s southwest region.
The country is also suffering from a considerable fuel shortage that began in October after coalitions of gangs blocked access to fuel terminals, forcing business and medical healthcare centres to complete a shutdown.
Meanwhile, the Haiti’s Senate has met for the first time in a year on Monday, with only a few legislators present.
The 30 members senate has only ten legislators left because the nation has failed to hold legislative elections earlier scheduled for 2019 elections. The elections were later delayed or postponed several times after the killing of Moise.