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Boat Interception with 107 Haitian Migrants


A Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force-released photo saw local authorities attempting to get the migrants off the sloop.

The Marine Branch of the Turks and Caicos Islands successfully intercepted a vessel carrying 107 irregular migrants, including 96 males and 11 females early Thursday Morning.


The vessel was apprehended at 2:30a.m., approximately 0.25 miles off South Dock, with the Marine Branch deploying officers and both Police Marine Vessels Sea Pursuit and Sea Guardian responding to the situation.


Acting Commissioner of Police, Rodney Adams, commended the dedication and unwavering commitment displayed by the Marine Branch in addressing and managing such incidents. He emphasized the significance of the successful interception in ensuring the safety and security of the region's waters and community.


 Adams stated: "The successful interception of this illegal vessel is a testament to the exceptional work and ongoing diligence of our officers within the Marine Branch. I commend their tireless efforts in ensuring the safety and security of our waters and our community."


The collaboration and support of the Turks and Caicos Islands Regiment and The Border Force were also acknowledged by Adams as vital in effectively managing such incidents.


The public is urged to contribute to the efforts against illegal activities by reporting any related information anonymously. Reports can be made by contacting 911, the nearest police station, or TCI Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS). Additionally, individuals are encouraged to contact the Miami-Dade & The Florida Keys Crime Stoppers at 1-305-471-8477 to provide information anonymously.


The interception highlights the ongoing challenges faced by authorities in managing irregular migration and underscores the importance of collaborative efforts to address such incidents effectively.

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