CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - POLICE are currently on the hunt for five persons who were part of a boatload of illegal migrants whose vessel ran aground in Nevis yesterday (Jan. 2).
SKNVibes understands that a boat with Haitian nationals that was heading towards St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands got lost and washed ashore in Bath Village, Nevis.
Police sources confirmed that 22 persons were in the boat that ran aground, of which five are said to be on the run from law enforcement personnel, including the boat’s captain.
According to the police, 17 of them - 11 males, four females and two juveniles - are currently in custody in quarantine at Potworks on Nevis.
The vessel in which they were travelling does not have a name at this time.
Investigations into the matter are ongoing.
Concerns have been raised over the number of Haitian migrants who have been found sailing through the Caribbean waters. Many of them have been dropped off on various islands without making it to their final destination.
A similar situation occurred back in 2020 when 12 of them were caught disembarking a vessel in Keys Village. They were subsequently tested for COVID-19 and deported to their homeland.
In 2019, a boat with 15 Haitian - 13 men and two women - ran aground in Bird Rock. They too were deported.