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Apr 10, 2015

Haitians Dead Following Capsized Boat

And finally in our newscast, we turn to the Caribbean where a tragic event has occurred in Haiti. A total of twenty-one Haitians died and nineteen others are missing after the boat they were traveling in capsized off the northern coast of Haiti. The bodies began to wash ashore on Thursday morning in the coastal town of Le Borgne, about one hundred miles north of Port-au-Prince. The ship was to en route to the Turks and Caicos Islands when it met a terrible storm. The boat attempted to make its way back to Haiti, but it went under. While there were twelve survivors, the others onboard have still not been located and it is believed that they too have died. The Haitian government reports that the ship, a sailboat freighter, was carrying about fifty passengers when it ran aground on a reef. Migrants from Haiti, Cuba and other Caribbean countries are known to sail through the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas in an attempt to reach the U.S. But their boats are often times overloaded and not sea-worthy vessels. 

 

{Report from Haiti…}

 

A US Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew joined the search this morning, but did not find any signs of life. The US Coast Guard is reporting that in the past six months, it has intercepted three hundred and nine Haitians at sea. The Haitian government is urging its citizens to cease risking their lives on clandestine migrant smuggling boats, and condemned those who organize the illegal voyages. 

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