Relatives want boat capsizing survivors released

Members of the U.S. Coast Gard examine a small white boat, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, in Miami Beach, Fla. Four women died and 10 people were taken into custody after the boat with more than a dozen people aboard, including Haitian and Jamaican nationals, capsized early Wednesday in the waters off South Florida. It was overloaded and lacked lifejackets, according to the Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
October 21, 2013 7:48:39 AM PDT
Family members of Haitians who survived a boat capsizing in the waters off Miami want them released by immigration authorities.

Four women died and 11 people were rescued when the overloaded boat capsized last week seven miles east of Miami. Six of the survivors, including the boat's captain and a crewman, now face federal charges.

The remaining survivors are being detained pending an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Relatives of the Haitian survivors being detained have scheduled a news conference Monday morning in Miami to call for their release.

Officials say all the survivors are Haitian, Bahamian or Jamaican. None had permission to enter the U.S. According to court documents filed last week, the boat's voyage began in the Bahamas.


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