Posted on January 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The crew of the Antigua-flagged container ship, Diana J, found three stowaways onboard, as the vessel was approaching the port of Miami, in the late evening of January the 15th.
More specifically the three stowaways, comprising of one Honduran and two Guatemalan adult males, were located by the crew during the vessel's pre-arrival stowaway search. as the ship was transiting some 23 miles northwest of La Palma, Cuba.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) and Customs and Border Protection responded to the vessel's report as soon as the ship approached the port of Miami, during the early morning hours of January the 16th.
Captain Megan Dean, Commander of the local US Coast Guard Sector, issued a Captain of the Port Order, stating that the Diana J should come no closer than three miles off the port of Miami.
The vessel was then boarded by the USCG and Customs and Border Protection boarding teams, which conducted a thorough search of the vessel.
Finding no additional stowaways onboard, the teams rescinded the Captain of the Port Order and the CBP Office of Field Operations took the aforementioned stowaways into custody.