A high-seas standoff between the Coast Guard and 250 U.S.-bound Haitians packed aboard a rickety 50-foot sailboat ended peacefully after a 30-hour confrontation that included threats babies would be thrown overboard.
The Haitians agreed Sunday to the leave the boat and be returned to their country. No injuries were reported.One refugee woman was rescued after leaping into the sea and others vowed to throw their infant children overboard unless they were allowed to continue toward the United States, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Gary Starks.
"It was really an ordeal and there were some very tense moments," said Starks. "There was no idea what would happen and none of the Haitians had life jackets. There was a potential for a significant loss of life."