Coast Guard officials have rescued nearly 100 Haitian migrants from a dangerously overloaded freighter.

Miami Coast Guard officials said their helicopter crew spotted the overcrowded, 40-foot sail freighter near Cuba on Saturday. Officials deployed a cutter from Key West to rescue the migrants, saying the vessel was not equipped to carry its passengers and was perilously overcrowded.

Coast Guard officials said it could have been a life threatening situation for the 86 migrants onboard. Once safely on the Coast Guard cutter, the migrants were given food, water and medical treatment. Continue reading

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