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U.S. Coast Guard intercepts migrants trying to sail to the U.S.

The Coast Guard has released new video in an effort to discourage migrants from trying to sail to the United States illegally. On Wednesday, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew that was deployed to the Bahamas detected a migrant boat roughly 49 miles southeast of Great Inagua. A Coast Guard cutter crew worked with a Royal Bahamas Defense Force crew to intercept approximately 177 Haitian migrants -- seven of whom were minors. The migrants were packed aboard an overloaded 45-foot wooden freighter. Then on Thursday, a Customs Air and Marine Branch aircraft spotted a 20-foot vessel roughly 46 miles east of Boca Raton and dispatched another cutter that intercepted that boat, which had 14 Haitian migrants and two suspected smugglers aboard.