Search on for 40 missing as Haitian boat capsizes

Monday, October 16, 2017

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Seven people have been rescued but the search continues for at least 40 others after a boat capsized off the Turtle Island, one of many islands named for their turtle shapes, north of the island, on Sunday.

The Marine Rescue Unit of the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said three of the seven rescued people had been taken to the Haut-Palmiste hospital for medical attention.

The survivors said that the boat from Turtle Island was carrying at least 50 Haitian migrants and was trying to illegally enter Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, 200 km to the north.

The DPC said the search is continuing for survivors.

Despite warnings, Haitians have been making the dangerous voyage by sea in boats in a bid to escape poverty on the French-speaking Caribbean Community country.

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