Observer Reports (Charlestown, Nevis) ” A vessel carrying nearly 50 non-nationals ran aground last Sunday, Oct. 19, at Long Point on the south end of Nevis. Most of the passengers in the craft were Haitians and unconfirmed reports suggest they were trying to get to the United States or the United States Virgin Islands. Police and customs officials took the refugees into custody and detained them until later in the week when they were transferred to the Community Center on Hanley Road. Officials from immigration, customs and the Nevis Island administration held a meeting this week to determine what to do with the detainees. “Some of their families have been in touch with us trying to make arrangements to get them home,” said Nevis Premier Joseph Parry. “We are working on getting them out of here.” Of the detainees, there are 36 men, 10 women and two children. The countries of Cuba, Peru, Martinique and St. Vincent were all represented in the crew by one man from each country. The rest of the passengers were from Haiti.
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