Boat Full of Immigrants From All Over the World Comes Ashore on Miami Beach
Immigrants winding up on the shores of South Florida is not an uncommon occurrence, but a boat full of nine people from literally all over the world that came ashore on Miami Beach this morning has authorities scratching their heads.
The boat included nine people, eight men and one women, and included passengers from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti ... and even India.
The 24-foot blue boat, with twin 200 HP engines, came ashore early this morning on the stretch of sand near Collins Avenue and 24th Street in Miami near the still under renovation 1 Hotel (formerly the Gansevoort).
While two of the passengers were from Jamaica, one was from Haiti, and another from the Bahamas, the remaining five were all from India.
They were arrested by Miami Beach police and then custody was transferred to Border Patrol. The immigrants are still being questioned.
In a statement, the Coast Guard says it also searched the surrounding areas for other possible passengers in the water.
Investigators are still trying to piece the odd occurrence together, and still are not sure where the boat originated from or how such a diverse group of immigrants ended up on board.
Follow Miami New Times on Facebook.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Miami, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.