A look at big migrant shipwrecks in the Caribbean

AP News
Posted: Nov 26, 2013 6:04 PM

Major deadly shipwrecks involving migrant vessels from neighboring nations of Haiti and Dominican Republic:

— Feb. 7, 2012: At least 21 people killed and 30 reported missing when overloaded boat with migrants capsizes near Dominican Republic. Boat was trying to carry about 70 people from Dominican Republic to U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

— July 27, 2009: Sailboat with estimated 200 Haitians aboard runs aground on reef and sinks off Turks and Caicos Islands. Authorities report 119 survivors, 15 confirmed dead and dozens missing.

— May 13, 2009: Boat overloaded with about 30 Haitian migrants sinks off Florida's coast, killing at least nine people including infant. U.S. authorities Haitian who allegedly piloted craft with human smuggling.

— April 20, 2008: Speedboat carrying about 25 Haitians takes on water and capsizes shortly after leaving Nassau, Bahamas, popular waystation for migrants trying to reach Florida. Only three people survive.

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— May 4, 2007: At least 61 Haitians migrants die when sailboat loaded with estimated 160 people capsizes minutes away from shore of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos Islands. Survivors allege police patrol boat rammed them and towed vessel into deeper water. Report by British investigators finds no evidence of wrongdoing but says police were ill-equipped to handle the capsizing.


Source: AP archives.