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Authorities search for several Haitian migrants who came ashore in Virginia Key

Several migrants were detained by authorities after coming ashore in South Florida, with others making a run for it.
Several migrants were detained by authorities after coming ashore in South Florida, with others making a run for it.

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. – Nearly a dozen migrants were detained by authorities Monday after coming ashore in South Florida, while several others made a run for it.

Sky 10 was over Virginia Key at approximately 6 p.m., shortly after the group made it onto dry land.

In the water was what authorities believe is the boat where at least 10 men made it ashore near the Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant.

U.S. Border Patrol officials said they took 11 Haitian nationals into custody.

Sky 10 over Virginia Key as authorities search for a group of Haitian migrants that came ashore. (WPLG)

A Miami-Dade police helicopter was also in the air, aiding in the search for others.

Monday was the second day in a row authorities detained people coming from Haiti.

On Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a 35-foot boat with 104 people on board.

“There were way too many people on board,” said Petty Officer Ryan Estrada, USCG public affairs specialist.

The boat was found 18 miles east of Biscayne Bay.

Officials say the people on board spent six days at sea.

Immigrant advocates with the Family Action Network Movement told Local 10 News the migrants should not be sent back.

“We believe very strongly that the U.S. should not be deporting people to Haiti right now,” said Paul Christian Namphy with FANM. “Haiti is not in a position to be welcoming or absorbing any refugees right now.”

Late last month, 42 migrants, including men, women and children, came ashore on Key Biscayne.

Experts believe more of these so-called migrant landings should be expected given the multiple crises currently impacting those living in Haiti.


About the Author:

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.