Published On: Wed, Dec 27th, 2017

Coast Guard detains 30 undocumented migrants south of Curaçao

VenezuelansWILLEMSTAD - The Coast Guard Caribbean (KWCARIB) intercepted a vessel with 30 undocumented migrants south of Daaibooibaai, Curaçao, on Saturday morning 23 December.

On Saturday morning, the radar operator of the Rescue and Coordination Center of the Coast Guard detected a suspicious contact on the radar south of Daaibooibaai, Curaçao. A Super-RHIB of the coast guard support center Curaçao was immediately dispatched to investigate the contact. South of Daaibooibaai, they found a vessel of the yola type. This was boarded by the crew of the Super-RHIB. There were 30 persons on board, of which 25 men and 5 women.

In an attempt to sail the yola to the support center at Parera, the vessel got engine trouble. In the first instance, a number of the passengers were taken on board the Super-RHIB and a second Super-RHIB had to be used to transport them all to the fulcrum. Narcotics were also found during a further search. The 30 passengers, all with Venezuelan nationality, were arrested and transferred to the police. The drugs have also been transferred to the authorities.

The case is under investigation.

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