Friday, February 27, 2004

PR: Dominican illegals captured

Police detained 114 Dominican migrants who landed on Puerto Rico's northern coast on Friday, just hours after authorities rescued 55 others from a boat sinking off the coast.

One group of migrants landed in two boats at a beach in Dorado early on Friday and ran across a highway to hide in nearby mangroves, police spokesman Edwin Pagan said.

Police detained the 114 in the area about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of San Juan, he said. Neither of the boats was recovered.

The migrants told authorities they had spent four days in treacherous seas after leaving their neighboring country. Eighteen were receiving treatment for dehydration, Pagan said.

Hours earlier, federal and local officials rescued 55 Dominican migrants from a sinking boat off Puerto Rico's northwest coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday.

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