July 29, 2009

85 Haitians missing after boat capsizes

Reprinted from the Nation News

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos - An overloaded sailboat carrying Haitian migrants sank off the Turks and Caicos Islands, and as many as 85 people were missing, the United States Coast Guard said yesterday.

An estimated 200 people were aboard the boat when it capsized Monday afternoon, said Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Johnson, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami. One survivor said the boat struck a reef as it tried to elude police.

The Coast Guard was optimistic daylight would help it find more survivors.

"We're really hoping we can find as many people as possible," Johnson said.

Rescuers found 113 survivors stranded on two reefs...Read full article here

July 29th, 09

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