Coast Guard interdicts 5 migrants, 1 suspected smuggler near Jupiter, Florida

An 18-foot center console floats on the water approximately 15 miles east of Jupiter, Florida, Mar. 17, 2018. The five migrants aboard the boat were interdicted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet. US Coast Guard Photo.

An 18-foot center console floats on the water approximately 15 miles east of Jupiter, Florida, Mar. 17, 2018. . US Coast Guard Photo.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard interdicted five migrants and one suspected smuggler approximately 15 miles east of Jupiter Saturday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew detected an 18-foot center console with its lights out at approximately 5 a.m. during a patrol and reported the sighting to Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet crew to interdict.

After making the interdiction, the cutter Gannet crew embarked six males aboard the cutter and placed the vessel in tow. The nationalities of those stopped were two Sri Lankan, two Brazilian, one Jamaican, and one Bahamian. The cutter crew transferred all six ashore to U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations.

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