“Yacht People” from China Interdicted off Florida Coast

As further evidence that not all attempts at illegal entry into the U.S. are across our southern border, the Coast Guard is announcing that it has interdicted a motor yacht dubbed the Carefree 13 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.   On board were two suspected smugglers and 12 Chinese nationals.

The Carefree in Custody (Photo Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard District 7)

The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark spotted the yacht while cruising off the coast on Tuesday. Upon boarding the boat, the crew found the would-be migrants with the two suspected smugglers. The two smugglers were turned over to Homeland Security officials, and the 12 illegal migrants were taken to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations for processing.

Coast Guard officials did not say where the boat originated.

For more, see the Coast Guard website.


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