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Posted Friday, February 4, 2007
At least 20 Haitian migrants found dead at sea
By United Press International

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, May 4 (UPI) -- At least 20 Haitian migrants were found dead in the water Friday off the coast of the Providenciales Island in the Turks and Caicos.

The migrants -- trying to reach U.S. shores illegally -- were aboard a 25- to 30-foot Haitian sail-freighter that capsized, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement released Friday. Sixty-three people were rescued from the water by a Turks and Caicos police vessel. The Coast Guard is searching for nearly 60 other undocumented migrants still missing. Survivors reportedly told the police there were approximately 150 people on board.

As of Thursday, 195 Haitians have been rescued/interdicted this month by Coast Guard assets, the statement said. Since January, 909 Haitians, not including Friday's incident, have been interdicted by the Coast Guard.

Copyright 2007 United Press International

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