Relatives want boat capsizing survivors released
MIAMI (AP) - October 21, 2013 (WPVI) -- Family members of Haitians who survived a boat capsizing in the waters off Miami want them released by immigration authorities.
Four women died and 11 people were rescued when the overloaded boat capsized last week seven miles east of Miami. Six of the survivors, including the boat's captain and a crewman, now face federal charges.
The remaining survivors are being detained pending an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Relatives of the Haitian survivors being detained have scheduled a news conference Monday morning in Miami to call for their release.
Officials say all the survivors are Haitian, Bahamian or Jamaican. None had permission to enter the U.S. According to court documents filed last week, the boat's voyage began in the Bahamas.
florida, haiti, immigration, national/world
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