Undocumented migrants come ashore near Jupiter Island
5:35 AM, Aug 29, 2013
1:02 PM, Aug 29, 2013
TEQUESTA, Fla. - Nine undocumented migrants are in custody after coming ashore early Thursday morning on Jupiter Beach.
Earlier this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Palm Beach Sheriff's deputies picked up five males and one female after agents said the group was smuggled into the country on a vessel possibly coming from the Bahamas.
Agents have confirmed that two of the people are from Jamaica and three are from Haiti. Three more migrants, two Colombian and one person from Guyana, were taken into custody later in the morning.
Agents said PBSO was patrolling the island around 2 a.m. when deputies came across a suspicious incident and contacted authorities regarding undocumented migrants landing ashore.
Deputies said the the group left the beach and tried crossing the water of the intracoastal.
Agents searched by land, air and water for several hours before capturing the first five.
Nearly an hour later, Tequesta officers took another man into custody after he was seen walking across the Jupiter Island bridge.
No reports of any injuries, and all are being detained at this moment.
This comes a day after seven Haitians came ashore on Palm Beach.