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Thirty dead after Haitian sloop runs aground in Bahamas
Published on November 27, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

This Haitian sloop ran aground in the Exuma Cays. Photo: USCG

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Up to 30 people are believed to be dead after a Haitian sloop carrying a large number of Haitian migrants ran aground in the Exuma Cays, the US Coast Guard reported on Tuesday afternoon.

The sloop is believed to have run aground on Monday. So far, 104 Haitian migrants have been rescued -- 85 men and 19 women, according to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), which is working with the United States Coast Guard in the recovery effort.

Lt. Origin Deleveaux of the RBDF said reports indicate that many Haitians have drowned while others have been stranded for six days without food or water.

On Monday afternoon, 13 migrants were recovered on Exuma, the RBDF reported. They were taken to Staniel Cay and were expected at the Coral Harbour Base on Tuesday afternoon.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian
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