The United States Coast Guard said it intercepted twenty-nine illegal Caribbean migrants aboard a ‘grossly overloaded’ makeshift vessel and returned twenty-four of them to the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
The interception occurred last Monday after a Customs and Border Protection aircraft detected a suspect vessel northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Four illegal migrants face Federal prosecution in the United States District Court in Puerto Rico.
The charges include assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees and attempting improper entry.
The four, three Dominican Republic nationals and a Haitian, were handed over to U.S. Border Patrol agents in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
The Coast Guard said a pregnant woman experiencing contractions was also among the illegal migrants.
An aircraft transported her to a local hospital in Puerto Rico.