Makeshift vessel suspected of being migrant boat kidnapped after running aground on Miami Beach – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


MIAMI BEACH, FL. (WSVN) – Crews removed a possible migrant vessel hours after it ran aground on Miami Beach.

The makeshift vessel was found near 31st Street and Collins Avenue on Friday afternoon.

No one was on board when he was spotted.

Authorities confirmed that the boat was from an ancient event.

“This vessel today appears to be a vessel that was previously prohibited at sea, and it subsequently ran aground on the shore that was cleared by the US Coast Guard, our partner agency,” said Adam Hoffner of the US Border Patrol.

7Skyforce hovered over the ship, which had the words “OK” spray-painted on its side.

It is now considered marine debris.

“We suspect, based on the type of vessel, that this is an event that originated in Cuba, involving Cuban migrants, and was interdicted by one of our partner agencies at sea,” said Hoffner.

The ship has aroused the curiosity of beachgoers.

“I am Cuban. I was fishing in Cuba, and in the morning the sea is dangerous. Imagine 90 miles in this ship; it’s crazy,” said Ernesto Carulla, pointing to the ship behind him.

In recent months, US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection officials have reported an increase in migrant landings.

According to the Coast Guard, their crews intercepted 838 Cuban migrants in 2021. This number has risen to more than 6,000 in 2022 to date.

Coast Guard officials said they haven’t seen those numbers since 2016.

“It’s sad that people have to leave their own country, because of the dictatorship in Cuba,” Carulla said. “People are risking their own lives trying to escape from the prison that is Cuba today.”

A Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation crew has since pulled the vessel from the beach. 7News has learned that local authorities will get rid of it.

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