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6 migrants apprehended after boat lands in Coral Cove Park area

Sheriff's office says 8 people on boat at time of landing
Boat with migrants lands in Coral Cove Park in Tequesta. March 3, 2024.jpg
Posted at 9:12 AM, Mar 03, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-03 18:43:01-05

TEQUESTA, Fla. — Six migrants — four Haitians and two from the Dominican Republic — were apprehended after a boat landed Saturday night on the beach in Coral Cove Park area in Tequesta, the U.S. Border Patrol said Sunday.

Eight people were aboard the small boat, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

Border Patrol agents, along with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, responded to the landing, Border Patrol regional Chief Samuel Briggs II posted on X, along with an image of the small boat.

He posted that the "investigation remains ongoing."


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Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera told WPTV that "numerous subjects" fled the scene.

Two of the migrants were children and, after an intense search, six of the eight were located uninjured, she said.

WPTV reporter Victor Jorges was at the scene of the boat landing Sunday morning and saw one Border Patrol officer nearby.

Boat with migrants lands in Coral Cove Park area in Tequesta. March 3, 2024.jpg
Boat with migrants lands in Coral Cove Park area in Tequesta.

A woman from one of the waterfront properties by the park told Jorges she was having dinner with her granddaughter, who was visiting from college, when they noticed the boat on the shore.

Then they saw a man in a red life jacket running toward the buildings and hiding by the bushes.

They heard helicopters overhead Saturday night.

Graham Kastendike photographed a man in handcuffs near where the boat landed.