Agents from the FURA Maritime Unit detained a boat made up of Dominican immigrants that arrived Sunday at a beach in Añasco, Puerto Rico.
The group of people coming from the Dominican Republic was able to evade the first Coast Guard agents who tried to detain them. However, after reaching the shore and with the beach crowded with hundreds of bathers, other police officers waited for the migrants and tried to capture them as soon as they stepped ashore.
A total of 17 men and one woman tried to arrive on the island.
The event was recorded by those who were on the coast and was widely disseminated through social media. Those present even encouraged those arriving in Puerto Rico with shouts of “run, run.”
The Dominican immigrants and the boat in which they arrived were picked up by Border Patrol and will provide further information in due course.