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11 migrants, 2 smugglers caught off of Florida coast

The U.S. Coast Guard says it took into custody 11 migrants and two suspected smugglers off the coast of Miami.
Posted at 1:28 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 13:51:06-05

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it took into custody 11 migrants and two suspected smugglers off the coast of Miami.

A Coast Guard crew spotted an unlit 24-foot vessel about 12 miles (19 kilometers) offshore on Saturday. They boarded it and found seven Haitians, three Bahamians, two Ecuadorians and one Bolivian national.

The Coast Guard says in a news release that the people were given food, water, shelter and medical attention, and then handed over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.