LOCAL COAST GUARD CREW HELP DOWN NEAR HAITI

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous repatriated 90 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Wednesday, after they were located at sea on a grossly-overloaded vessel Tuesday.

While conducting a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea, the crew of the Vigorous discovered the 25-foot Yola approximately 20 miles northeast of Ile de La Tortue, Haiti, heading toward the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos Islands.

Vigorous crewmembers distributed life jackets to the migrants and safely transferred the 57 men, 32 women and one child to the cutter.

Once aboard the cutters, all migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Cape May, N.J.

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