MARATHON, Fla. – A very large scene in Marathon off 79th Street where U.S. Border Patrol said a boat containing migrants made landfall on Monday.
A total of 109 men, women and children came off the vessel that ran aground approximately 800 yards off Marathon late Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Officials are calling the incident a maritime smuggling event.
According to CBP, they received reports from a Good Samaritan of a large wooden boat with large sails near Sombrero Beach.
The migrants were given water and checked medically after being taken into custody by CBP.
A witness told Local 10 News one migrant said they had been at sea for seven days.