Migrant boat capsizes near Puerto Rico, leaving 13 dead, officials say – The Washington Post
A boat overloaded with migrants capsized Thursday, leaving at least 13 people dead and dozens more rescued. It is not clear how many people were on the ship.
The Coast Guard found a boat and people in the water about ten nautical miles north of Desecheo Island and said the vessel was suspected of taking part in an illegal voyage.
Thirty-one survivors were taken to Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Eight Haitians were among them.
Puerto Rico’s Institute of Forensic Sciences received 13 bodies from the sea accident and is working with the Dominican Human Rights Committee to identify the deceased.
Puerto Rico has a large Dominican population, and illegal crossings by sea are common. A woman died last week after a boat capsized in the Mona Passage, and 68 people were rescued after the boat was spotted consistently bailing water out.
The Coast Guard intercepted 53 illegal voyages last year, including 940 Dominicans and 298 Haitians.
This route is popular with drug smugglers, so the US Coast Guard, at times the US Navy, maintains a heavy patrolling presence in the waters near and around Costa Rica.
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