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Old 09-05-2007, 05:05   #1
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Haitian Migrant Tragedy

Haitian migrants claim they were hit before deadly sinking ~ USA Today
Haitian migrants claim they were hit before deadly sinking - USATODAY.com

Haitian Migrants claim a Turks and Caicos naval vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized last week, killing dozens of people, the director-general of Haiti's National Migration Office said Tuesday ...”
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... The U.S. Coast Guard said in a press statement Friday its officials were notified by Turks and Caicos police at 5 a.m. that the migrant boat capsized while being towed by a Turks and Caicos police vessel at 4:20 a.m. The Turks and Caicos police boat recovered 63 survivors from the capsized vessel.
But Turks and Caicos officials immediately denied the report, saying the police boat had arrived on the scene only after the migrant boat capsized ..."



And:

Search for missing Haitian migrants scaled back
CANOE -- CNEWS - World: Search for missing Haitian migrants scaled back

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Police in the Turks and Caicos have scaled back their search for more than 40 Haitian migrants missing since their crowded sailboat capsized ...
... Roughly 160 Haitian migrants were aboard the boat when it ran into stormy weather before dawn Friday off the coast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, about 200 kilometres north of Haiti.

Thirty six people - 23 women and 13 men - were confirmed dead in addition to the more than 40 missing in shark-infested waters ...


Previously:

At least 20 Hatians killed by sharks ~ by VIVIAN TYSON AND - The Associated Press
Daily Herald - At least 20 Hatians killed by sharks

”... Hours after the sailing vessel overturned in moonlit waters a half-mile from shore, rescuers had recovered more than a dozen bodies -- some with savage bite wounds -- and were searching for about 60 missing people.

The Turks and Caicos government said the boat was carrying some 160 people and that 78 survivors -- 69 males and 9 females -- were rescued. Police have recovered 16 bodies, those of 13 females and three males, the government said ...”
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