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Bahamas rescues 172 migrants off coast


Bahamanian authorities said on Thursday that they had rescued a group of 170 Haitian and two Dominican migrants after their boat capsized in territorial waters.

The senior lieutenant of the Royal Defense Forces, Carlon Bethel, said the migrants were rescued near Rose Island, northeast of Nassau, the Bahamanian capital.

Bethel added that such incidents occur frequently as Haitians fleeing poverty and high unemployment in their country travel through the Bahamas, often in over-loaded boats, to the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

According to local authorities, 1,550 Haitian migrants were arrested in 2013 in the Bahamas.