239 Haitian migrants returned home by Coast Guard

MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has picked up more than 230 Haitian migrants at sea and returned them to their Caribbean homeland.

The migrants were taken Thursday to Cap-Haitien, a city on Haiti's northern coast.

Officials say a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted 171 Haitians aboard a 40-foot sail freighter Tuesday near Great Inagua, Bahamas.

In a separate interdiction Tuesday, 68 Haitians were found aboard a sail boat that another Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted as it headed north from Haiti.

Capt. Mark Fedor says both vessels were "grossly overloaded and not capable of making it safely to their intended destination."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all the migrants received food, water, shelter and basic medical care.

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