posted on Feb, 25 2004 @ 04:37 PM
Feb 26, 2004
No additional details of the incident are being released at this time. Federal Authorities are currently still investigating the incident aboard the
freighter and are interviewing the Haitians onboard
The federal authorities would not say if the Haitians had asked for political asylum or if they would be repatriated to their country, which is in the
midst of a violent uprising.
They also would not confirm or deny the freighter captain's claim that the ship had been hijacked by 17 of the Haitians, who identified themselves as
police officers and government officials.
Feb, 25, 2004
The Coast Guard is preparing to board a cargo ship that was hijacked from Haiti sometime in the last 48 hours. The Captain and crew forced to come to
the US. There are 17 people aboard. The ship is currently in Florida waters, five miles off the coast of Miami Beach. It is reported that the
individuals onboard are Haitian officials and police officers. The Department of Homeland Security is also involved in the current investigation.
Two Coast Guard boats and a helicopter have responded to reports that the 250-foot freighter was taken over by 17 or more men, some of whom were
reportedly armed. There was no word has to what kind of weapons those on board are using.
The freighter Margot was about 8 miles east of Government Cut when the Coast Guard was made aware of the possibility of a hijacking.
[Edited on 2-26-2004 by worldwatcher]