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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Haitians Abandoned By Smugglers

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The U.S Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos rescued 12 Haitians Tuesday, who were left abandoned by smugglers on the rocky cliffs of Monito Cay, Puerto Rico.

According to the Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported a small campfire on the uninhabited natural reserve off Mona Island, Puerto Rico in the middle of the Mona Passage.

The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos diverted to investigate the situation and confirmed there was a group of unidentified people stranded on Monito cay.

A small cutter boat approached Monito as the Haitian group made their way down to the lowest point of the rocky cliff.

A Coast Guard statement said once the small cutter boat was in position, each person on the cliff took turns jumping into the water from where the small boat crew safely recovered them.

Following the rescue, seven men and five women survivors said they had been abandoned on Monito cay for five days.

The Coast Guard provided the survivors with food, water, and primary medical care and transferred them to Puerto Rico Border Patrol agents.

Since the rescue, the Coast Guard reiterated warnings against illegal sea voyages.

“We urge anyone considering taking part in an illegal voyage that they do not take to the sea,” Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos Commander, Lieutenant Henry Ward, stated.

“The dangers of these voyages are quite real, and smugglers will not hesitate to abandon people in very austere and highly dangerous environments like Monito,” Ward asserted.

Headline photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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2 COMMENTS

  1. To believe there are people in Caribbean countries living like this is sad. Yes what they are doing is illegal, but it is a humanbeing’s instinct to do whatever it takes to survive or to at least try to do so.

    You hear sad stories from Cubans who lost family at sea and Syrians living here who have no other blood relative left. Still more to come.

  2. They have turned to crooked paths and their deeds are evil😈,ruin and destruction mark their ways !
    “Go to this people and say,
    “You will be ever hearing but never understanding ; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
    For this people’s heart has become calloused ;they hardly hear with their ears and they have closed their eyes.
    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn,and I would heal and Save them,not realizing that God’s kindness leads them towards repentance ❓

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