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Grainy footage taken from a U.S. Coast Guard plane demonstrates an overloaded sailboat packed with people from Haiti off the coastline of Anguilla Cay Friday, March 4, 2022.

For the 2nd time in a 7 days, the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday stopped an overloaded sailboat packed with individuals migrating from Haiti.

This time, the vessel was stopped about 10 miles off Anguilla Cay, a Bahamian island just north of Cuba. The Coast Guard said 123 people today ended up on board. The correct sizing of the boat was not right away regarded, but judging by footage unveiled by the Coastline Guard, the range of folks on board significantly exceeded the vessel’s potential.

The interdiction will come six days following the Coast Guard stopped a sailboat with 179 individuals from Haiti 30 miles off Andros Island, also in the Bahamas.

The federal federal government tracks maritime migration by the fiscal yr, starting and ending Oct. 1. If the quantities of Haitian migrants stopped at sea continue on at the existing charge, fiscal 12 months 2022 will surpass final fiscal 12 months, which noticed the most individuals interdicted by the Coast Guard due to the fact FY 2019.

Considering that Oct, the Coast Guard stopped 1,116 Haitian migrants likely headed to Florida, as opposed with 1,527 in all of fiscal calendar year 2021. In fiscal yr 2020, the Coast Guard only encountered 418 people from Haiti at sea.

Friday’s incident is also component of a development in which Haitian migrants are overloading on to sailboats to make the perilous maritime journey. A number of of these vessels have arrived off the coast of Vital Largo in the Upper Keys given that November.

In January, 176 individuals ended up stopped around the special gated north Essential Largo group of Ocean Reef.

On Christmas Eve, Border Patrol agents took 52 persons from Haiti into custody just after they arrived by sailboat off a distant two-lane freeway that qualified prospects to Ocean Reef called Card Audio Street.

That landing came just after 63 Haitian migrants landed in pretty much the identical locale on Card Audio Street, all over again in an overloaded sailboat.

This story was initially released March 4, 2022 7:44 PM.

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David Goodhue addresses the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before signing up for the Herald, he included Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Power in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.