Over 150 Haitians detained in Bahamas after boat hits land

August 27, 2012 05:12

NASSAU - More than 150 illegal Haitian migrants are in custody in the Bahamas, after their sail boat ran aground on Andros islands during stormy seas, officials said on Sunday.

Jack Thompson, the Bahamas' director of immigration, said in a statement that the Haitians had been detained and were being held in a warehouse and a Roman Catholic Church center on Andros.

The Bahamian authorities said they believe up to 200 migrants may have been aboard the boat, which ran aground on Saturday.

The US Coast Guard has provided a helicopter to transport Bahamian officials to Mangrove Cay, Andros, to assist in a search and rescue operation.

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