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Antigua – ‘It is very risky’: Police Commissioner warns residents against migrant smuggling

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(Antigua Observer) Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney has warned residents against participating in migrant smuggling.

Rodney was speaking in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tragic boat incident which is believed to have claimed the lives of 16 African refugees who were trying to get to the US Virgin Islands from Antigua.

Three bodies have been recovered and 13 more people are still missing after La Belle Michelle capsized off the coast of St Kitts.

Local Defence Force officials confirmed to Observer yesterday that the search for more survivors had been called off.

Along with the illegal nature of such voyages, Rodney said, the risks involved are simply far too great.

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