143 migrants on crowded boat from Haiti detained in southern Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (August 18th 2015):-Authorities in the Bahamas detained 143 migrants from Haiti on a crowded sailboat at the southern edge of the island chain.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force says a patrol boat stopped the vessel west of Ragged Island.

Among the migrants were 23 women and three children. All were taken to a military base in Nassau for further investigation. The Bahamas usually repatriates migrants who are detained at sea.

A Defense Force statement says eight Cubans were also apprehended earlier this month in a vessel off Grand Bahamas.

The force has detained about 1,000 migrants so far this year.

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