Dutch Caribbean Coastguard detains three in Curaçao

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CURAÇAO – The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard detained 3 people in the early hours of February 24. All three were of Venezuelan nationality.

Around 12:30am, the radar operator of the Rescue and Coordination Centre from the Coastguard detected a suspicious contact on the radar south of Curaçao. A Super-RHIB patrol was immediately launched from sub-station Curaçao.

At Vrijgezellen Bay, an unlit vessel type yola was detected with 3 people on board. All three had Venezuelan nationality. None of them could show a valid residence permit so they were taken into custody including the vessel, to the Coastguard pier in Parera.

There they were handed over to the Police. The vessel was confiscated. The case being further investigated.