- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One migrant has died and eight others are in U.S. custody after an attempt at human smuggling in Fort Lauderdale.

A resident alerted police about a group of people arriving on the beach Thursday morning.

Detective DeAnna Greenlaw says three people needed rescuing from the water. One died at a hospital. Greenlaw says that person was found in poor health, “more than likely due to the length of time spent in the water without a personal flotation device.”

Police say the migrants were from Haiti.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias says one man and seven women were taken into custody, pending an investigation. It wasn’t immediately clear whether other migrants in the group had eluded authorities or been lost in the water. No charges have been filed.

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