WILLEMSTAD – The Coast Guard Caribbean (KWCARIB) held a vessel with twenty undocumented migrants south of Curaçao in a joint action on Wednesday morning April 18.
On Wednesday morning the radar operator of the Rescue and Coordination Center of the Coast Guard detected a suspicious contact on the radar south of Fuikbaai, Curaçao. The Dash-8 maritime patrol plane was directed to the indicated location to investigate the vessel.
The helicopter was also used. At about two miles from the coast of Fuikbaai the Dash 8 detected an unlighted vessel type yola with several people on board. From the support center Curaçao a land patrol of the Coast Guard together with members of the Unit Special Tasks (UST) of the Police Corps Curaçao jetted off in the direction of Fuik.
Two FRISC interceptors from the Royal Netherlands Navy were also sent to Fuikbaai. On the spot, they found the stranded vessel. The passengers had already come ashore. Twenty people were found in the search that followed. They had tried to flee. It involved fifteen men and five women, all with Venezuelan nationality. They were all arrested and handed over to the police.