Haiti Shipwreck Kills 21; Search For Survivors Continues
On Wednesday, 21 people traveling on a boat were killed in a shipwreck incident.
Sailing off the northern coast of Haiti, the boat had 50 people on board. On Wednesday night, it departed from Le Borgne, west of Cap-Haitien, and started progressing toward the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos.
It was there that the boat, caught in bad weather, collided into a reef and sank.
According to the Haiti Sentinel, Francis Fortune, the Vice-delegate of Au Borgne, said he was informed about the incident at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
He further added that passengers started reaching the shore in the morning. Although nine survivors were found, he suspects more swam out.
Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, Haiti’s civil protection directorate chief, said that as many as twelve people swam out to safety, as reported by Yahoo! News.
Eight women and three men have been identified, civil protection spokesman Joseph Edgar Celestine said, according to CNN.
The search for survivors is still going on, he added.
The boat has not yet been discovered.
An increasing number of Haitians are illegally traveling to Turks and Caicos or the Bahamas owing to the impoverishment in the country. Almost 70 percent of the people live on less than $2 a day.
Growing unemployment has forced many citizens to flee the country and settle to find work in other areas, despite authorities making efforts to stop illegal migration.
In another reported incident in November 2013, 110 people illegally traveling on a boat that capsized were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities. Thirty passengers had died in the incident.
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