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31 rescued from disabled boat off the Bahamas, Coast Guard says

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 05:01:38-05

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has returned 31 people to dry land after their vessel became disabled in the waters off the Bahamas.

In a statement Monday, the Coast Guard said the pleasure craft Summer Art was reported disabled early Sunday in the waters about 10 miles north of Bimini.

A Coast Guard cutter was diverted to the scene. Officials said 31 Haitians aboard the vessel were transferred to Freeport, Bahamas.

Cmdr. Jason Aleksak said an approaching cold front, high seas and strong winds made the rescue "extremely challenging."