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Posted March 18. 2018 12:47PM

Portsmouth Coast Guard cutter turns back 202 Haitian migrants

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202 Haitians were rescued from several overloaded vessels. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray/USCG)

"The waters of the Caribbean and Florida Straits are dangerous and unforgiving for migrants on illegal voyages, in overloaded vessels with little or no safety gear, needlessly placing lives at risk," said Rear Adm. Peter Brown, commander of Coast Guard 7th District. "The Coast Guard and its partner agencies continue to maintain a strong presence along our maritime border and will continue to interdict and rescue those who embark on these illegal and ill-advised voyages in these unsafe vessels."