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Four Haitian boat survivors released from custody in Miami

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2013 | 3:10 PM


Four Haitians who were among 11 persons who were found at sea after the boat they were in capsized off the coast of Miami have been released from federal custody and could be eligible for work visas in the United States (US).

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement had detained the survivors as part of an investigation into the accident that killed four women in the early hours of October 17 seven miles east of Miami.

The four Haitians from that "failed smuggling venture have been processed and are no longer in ICE custody," US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias said late Tuesday.

Fifteen migrants from Haiti, Bahamas and Jamaica had boarded the motor boat, eleven survived, and four women reportedly died.


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