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Many Haitians die in failed boat trip to Puerto Rico

The Dominican Armada (Navy) recovered six bodies of four women and two men from a shipwreck of an illegal boat trip that was presumed to be heading to Puerto Rico yesterday, Thursday 1 May. Two Dominicans, suspected captains of the boat, survived and are in police custody, according to a report in Listin Diario. Another 14 Haitians were rescued. The Rescue Team (EREE) reported that the boat had been stolen from a hotel.

Navy captain Victor Manuel Pilier told the press that there had been 22 people on board, including the two Dominicans who are presumed to be the captains, and some 20 Haitians. Units of the Armada, Civil Defense and Boca Chica firefighters took part in the search for survivors.

Listin Diario reports that the organizers of these illegal trips usually charge between US$1,000 and US$1,500 for the trip to Puerto Rico.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Category: DR News |

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