US Coast Guard Stops 'Unsafe and Overloaded' Haitian Vessel

A boat carrying more than 390 people from Haiti was stopped by the US Coast Guard near the Bahamas on Saturday, January 21, according to officials.

The coast guard said the Cutter Legare’s crew assisted the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in stopping the “unsafe, overloaded Haitian sailing vessel” approximately 60 miles south of Andros Island.

Footage released by the US Coast Guard shows its crew approaching the crowded sail boat.

Bahamian authorities said the passengers would be handed over to defense and immigration personnel. Credit: US Coast Guard via Storyful

Video transcript

[WIND RUSHING]

- What about ships?

[RADIO CHATTER]

[NON-ENGLISH CHATTER]

[RADIO CHATTER]

- You're welcome.

- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

[ENGINES DRONING]

- What about ships?

[RADIO CHATTER]

- [NON-ENGLISH CHATTER]

- You're welcome.

- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

[ENGINES DRONING]