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11 dead after boat capsized off the coast of Puerto Rico



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Not less than 11 folks have died after their boat, carrying an unknown quantity of folks, overturned off the coast of Puerto Rico, the US Coast Guard stated Thursday.

“As of 6 PM Thursday (2200 GMT), responding accomplice company models have rescued 31 survivors, 11 feminine and 20 male. 11 deceased have been recovered,” stated the Coast Guard in a tweet.

A spokesperson for the US Customs and Border Safety (CBP) advised AFP that the shipwreck occurred 10 nautical miles (18 kilometers) north of Desecheo Island, an uninhabited US territory between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The spokesperson famous that the majority of the survivors have been from Haiti or the Dominican Republic, and that the search was ongoing.

The US Coast Guard stated in an announcement earlier Thursday that the capsized vessel was suspected of “collaborating in an unlawful voyage.”

Simply earlier than midday, a CBP helicopter noticed the boat and a quantity of folks in the water who appeared to not be carrying life jackets, the assertion stated. 

A number of rescue helicopters have been launched and a Coast Guard vessel was diverted to help in the restoration.

The assertion additionally famous that CBP and Puerto Rican models have been responding to assist in the restoration effort.

In March, a whole lot of Haitians landed in sailboats on the Florida coast whereas over 100 have been intercepted off the Bahamas by the US Coast Guard.

(AFP)

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