More Than a Dozen Haitians Dead As Boat Capsizes in Turks and Caicos

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Monday April 1, 2019 – A
search and rescue operation has resumed in the Turks and Caicos Islands as
authorities hold out hope of finding more survivors in an accident at sea in
which at least 15 Haitians have died.

The twin-engine outboard boat was smuggling the migrants when it
capsized and sank off the inhabited island of West Caicos, in shark-infested
waters. Fourteen Haitians have so far been rescued.

At least four more bodies were still unaccounted for, said the
United States Coast Guard which had been assisting the marine branch of the
Royal Turks and Caicos Police in the search.

Acting Turks and Caicos Police Commissioner Trevor Botting said how
long the search and rescue mission would continue would depend on “the number
of recoveries we make over the next day or so”.

“This is a tragic loss of life. We offer our condolences and
sympathies to the families of those affected by this terrible incident. No
journey is worth risking lives on the dangerous seas in these small vessels,”
he added.

Less than two months ago, at least 28 Haitian migrants drowned in the waters off the northern Bahamian island of Abaco when the vessel they were travelling in capsized and sank. 17 survivors were rescued in that incident.

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