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Haitian migrant drowns, 110 detained in Bahamas

Wednesday, July 11, 2012    

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A military official in the Bahamas says one woman drowned when a boat carrying more than 100 Haitian migrants ran around in the country.

Lieutenant Origin Delevaux of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force says immigration authorities have detained 110 people but the exact number of people who were on board has not been established. At least six of the migrants were children.

The vessel ran aground yesterday along the southern tip of New Providence, the island that includes the capital of Nassau.

Many Haitians have migrated to the Bahamas in recent years to work low-wage jobs in the island chain or to try to get to the United States. In June, 11 Haitians died when their boat capsized off the Bahamian island of Abaco as they tried to reach Florida.

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