Coast Guard: Group of Haitian migrants land on Fisher Island, will be repatriated

MIAMI (WSVN) - A group of about 16 migrants will be repatriated after landing on the north side of Fisher Island, Friday morning.

According to Miami-Dade Police, at around 7:30 a.m. there were reports of a powerboat dropping off about 16 migrants, 13 males and three females, who are, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, Haitian migrants.

According to investigators, this may have been a smuggling operation.

The Coast Guard said that in this situation, the migrants will be repatriated to Haiti.

7Skyforce flew over the scene earlier this morning, where the group could be seen making it to land and being fed breakfast by locals.

Homeland Security also flew over the area, possibly searching for the people who were operating the powerboat that brought the migrants over.

This group’s arrival comes at a time when the number of migrants has seen an increase.

Eleven Cuban migrants attempted to make their way to U.S. soil, Thursday, when they were stopped by officials two miles off of Key Biscayne.

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