4 Haitian boat survivors released from custody

4 Haitian survivors of failed smuggling operation released from US immigration custody

4 Haitian boat survivors released from custody

MIAMI (AP) -- Four Haitians who were among a group of Caribbean nationals found clinging to the hull of their capsized boat near Miami have been released from federal custody.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias said late Tuesday that the four Haitians from last week's "failed smuggling venture" are no longer being detained as part of an investigation.

Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat joined community leaders Monday to call for the survivors' release.

It wasn't immediately clear whether another survivor, a Bahamian citizen, remained in custody.

Six other Jamaican and Bahamian survivors face federal charges of attempting to re-enter the U.S. after being deported. One also faces an attempted smuggling charge.

Four died when the overloaded 20-foot (6 -meter) boat capsized in the dark 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Miami.

Updated : 2021-03-06 17:06 GMT+08:00