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Boat carrying Haitian migrants sinks off Bahamas, killing 17



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MEXICO CITY — A ship carrying Haitian migrants apparently capsized off the Bahamas early Sunday, and Bahamian safety forces recovered the our bodies of 17 individuals and rescued 25 others, authorities mentioned.

It wasn’t clear if there have been any individuals lacking after the boat sank about seven miles from New Windfall.

Prime Minister Philip Courageous Davis mentioned in an announcement that the lifeless included 15 girls, one man and an toddler. He mentioned the individuals rescued had been taken for commentary by well being staff.

Davis mentioned investigators had decided {that a} twin-engine velocity boat left the Bahamas about 1 a.m. carrying as many as 60 individuals, apparently sure for Miami.

He mentioned a felony investigation had begun into the suspected human smuggling operation.

“I want to convey the condolences of my authorities and the individuals of the Bahamas to the households of those that misplaced their lives on this tragedy,” Davis mentioned. “My authorities, from the time it got here to workplace, has warned towards these treacherous voyages.”

Haiti is scuffling with a wave of gang-related violence together with sharp rises in killings and kidnappings, prodding a rising variety of individuals to flee the nation of greater than 11 million seeking a greater and safer life.

A number of sinkings involving migrants have occurred within the Caribbean this 12 months, together with one in Could by which 11 individuals had been confirmed lifeless and 38 had been saved off Puerto Rico. One other incident in January noticed one man rescued and one other confirmed lifeless after a ship carrying 40 migrants went down off Florida, with the lacking by no means discovered.

Governments within the area, together with the USA, have reported a surge within the variety of Haitians detained attempting to enter different international locations.

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