Several migrants detained after coming ashore in Broward County

Two boats hit the sand on Sunday morning, one in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and the other in Fort Lauderdale

Two separate incidents of migrants coming ashore Sunday morning are being investigated.

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. – Two separate incidents of migrants coming ashore Sunday morning are being investigated.

Authorities rushed to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea early Sunday morning after receiving reports of migrants coming ashore.

U.S. Border Patrol and members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.

According to BSO, deputies responded to the area of A1A just south of Commercial Boulevard.

As of around 11 a.m., authorities said they detained nine migrants.

Witnesses told Local 10 News they saw anywhere between 20 and 30 adults exit the boat after it arrived, many carrying bags with them.

Border Patrol agents said they have taken the detained migrants into federal custody.

Also Sunday morning, Fort Lauderdale police received a call about migrants coming ashore in the area of 2100 North Atlantic Boulevard.

This suspected smuggling incident occurred at approximately 9:42 a.m.

Authorities said the involved boat hit the sand with approximately 15 migrants on board, several of whom were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

It is unclear whether the two incidents are connected. Authorities said they have not ruled out that possibility.


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Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.