42 Haitian migrants taken into custody after coming ashore in South Florida


MIAMI, Fla. (WFLA/AP) – A total of 42 migrants have been taken into custody after they came ashore near Key Biscayne, according to officials.

Chief Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin with the U.S. Border Patrol posted on Twitter that a total of 42 Haitian nationals were taken into custody.

Footage from NBC Affiliate WTVJ shows officers pulling a group of people from a vessel onto a Miami-Dade Police boat. It’s unclear how many people were on that vessel.

Officials said they are investigating whether the group was smuggled to the United States. The vessel involved was seized.

Haiti’s southwestern peninsula was hit earlier this month by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, killing at least 2,200 people, injuring more than 12,000 and destroying nearly 53,000 houses.

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