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13 Haitian migrants stranded at sea rescued near Martin County

4-month-old boy was among migrants rescued
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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 18:31:40-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Martin County Sheriff's Office marine units assisted the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol in rescuing 13 people, including an infant boy, who were stranded at sea for nearly a week.

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The passengers included nine men, three women, and a four-month-old baby

Officials said the migrants were located Friday several miles offshore and gave little information about their dangerous journey to America, other than that they were seeking a better life.

According to the sheriff's office, the boat originated from Haiti and lost power at some point, becoming afloat for an unknown period of time until it was spotted.

Nine men, three women and a 4-month-old baby were on board. One of the women and her child were suffering dehydration.

All passengers were turned over to the Coast Guard.