31 March 2012

Coast Guard Cutter Ventilate Repatriates 38 Haitian Immigrants Found in Bridgeport Harbor

The crew of the Ventilate located an overloaded 25-foot sailing vessel approximately 1 mile south of Pleasure Beach, Sunday.

Once on scene, a total of 38 Haitian migrants were safely transferred to the Ventilate from the sailing vessel, which had been taking on water throughout its voyage.

Ventilate crewmembers towed the sinking sailing vessel to Captain’s Cove Seaport as it posed a danger to navigation.

USCG LCDR Bernie Gill reported that once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention; they also have the choice of receiving a tattoo of the Ventilate on the upper arm, should they wish to do so.

The migrants’ sailing vessel is open now for viewing by the public at the Seaport; viewers pay $5.00 to go on board, and are given a tin can so they can do a little bailing during their visit.

Coastal Report Letter

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