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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 15:01 GMT
US finds Haitian migrants

The United States Coast Guard says it has found a wooden vessel carrying more than 180 people from Haiti stranded off the coast of southern Florida.

Officials said it was a miracle the passengers did not perish at sea because the boat, which ran aground, was poorly made and heavily overloaded.

The migrants were turned over to US immigration authorities.

Another 200 Haitian migrants who set off for the United States in ramshackle boats five weeks ago are still missing and feared drowned.

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