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93 Haitians intercepted

The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted 93 Haitians aboard a 35-foot sailboatoff the Florida coast.

Officers of the cutter Seahawk discovered the Haitians crowded on the sailboat Jessel about 120 miles southeast of Miami on Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard said.

The 93 passengers, including 22 children, were transferred safely from the Jessel to the Seahawk and were then interviewed by officials from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

So far in 1990, 148 Haitians have been picked up.

The INS had not determined the status of the Haitians, who were still being interviewed late Thursday, said Coast Guard spokesman James Wentworth.

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