(AP) 07/09/09

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The Salvadoran navy says it has found 76 migrants from as far away as Bangladesh, Nepal and Eritrea aboard a boat in the Pacific.

Navy Capt. Maximiliano Corado says the boat was detected about 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast, and “without doubt the final destination was to arrive in the United States.”

The migrants include 25 Bangladeshis, 25 Nepalese, 21 Eritreans and five Ecuadoreans.

Corado said Sunday that the boat set sail a week ago from the Ecuadorean port of Manta.

He said all the migrants appeared to be undocumented, and all except the Ecuadoreans are to be deported.

The Ecuadoreans were turned over to police for investigation of possible migrant trafficking.