News Americas, SAN JUAN, PR, Weds. April 22, 2015: Seven undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic are currently in US immigration custody after landing on board a makeshift wooden vessel, off the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents and Puerto Rico Police Department Officers arrested the 7 after receiving a call from a concerned citizen around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning that a “yola” type vessel had arrived to an area known as Bienvenidos beach in Aguadilla, with an unknown number of undocumented persons.
At the beach a 20ft wooden “yola” type vessel with a 40 horsepower engine was found, with debris and garbage.
An intensive search of the beach area later resulted in the arrest of six men and one woman who were trying to enter the US territory without legal papers.
Eighty nautical miles separate the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico.