November 28, 2014
MIAMI (AP) - Four Haitians who were among a group of Caribbean nationals found clinging to the hull of their capsized boat off the coast of Miami have been released from federal custody.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias said late Tuesday that the four Haitians from last week's "failed smuggling venture" are no longer being detained as part of an investigation.
Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat joined community leaders Monday to call for the survivors' release.
It wasn't immediately clear whether another survivor, a Bahamian citizen, remained in custody.
Six other Jamaican and Bahamian survivors face federal charges of attempting to re-enter the U.S. after being deported. One also faces an attempted smuggling charge.
Four died when the overloaded 20-foot boat capsized in the dark seven miles east of Miami.