33 Haitian migrants detained in Jamaica: Police

Last Updated: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 23:39

Kingston: Jamaican police say that 33 illegal migrants from Haiti have been intercepted off the island`s northeast coast.

Local fishermen alerted authorities after spotting a rickety boat carrying 20 men, four women and nine children off Jamaica`s Portland parish.

They were brought to shore by a coast guard ship yesterday evening. A few migrants needed assistance when disembarking.

Today, they were being housed at a Red Cross facility. Health and immigration officials were evaluating the migrants. Authorities say the illegal migrants were trying to get to the US.

Over the years, Jamaica has been a relatively rare stop for illegal migrants. But last month, another group of 25 Haitian migrants were detained after landing on a beach in the same Jamaican parish. They were sent back to Haiti.

PTI




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