The foreigners “were transported on a boat bound for Central America without following any security measures,” according to the commander
A total of 31 migrants, including six minors, were rescued this Tuesday by the Colombian Navy in the south of the San Andrés archipelago in a boat that did not comply with maritime regulations, this military body reported in a statement.
“Thirteen Ecuadorians, nine Venezuelans, eight Azerbaijanis and one Chilean (of whom six are minors) were rescued south of San Andrés Island,” said the commander of the Navy’s San Andrés and Providencia Specific Command, Carlos Eduardo Solano. .
The foreigners were “boarded on a ship bound for Central America without following any security measures,” according to the commander.
When the Maritime Traffic Control detected the motor vessel with the Colombian registration “SKIN” operating “suspiciously” in the south of the island, the Quick Reaction Unit went to the area to carry out the verification.
After it was confirmed that it put the safety of migrants at risk because it did not comply with the current regulations, the boat was directed to the main port of San Andrés Coast Guard.
“The rescued people were placed at the disposal of Migration Colombia and the minors were handed over to members of the Family Police Station,” said the commander.
In addition, the captain of the motor boat and another crew member were arrested and placed at the disposal of the Prosecutor’s Office.
So far this year, 425 migrants have been rescued in Colombian territory, of which 289 are on the island of San Andrés.