38 Haitian migrants die when boat sinks off Cuba

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Posted: Dec 25, 2011 12:56 AM
38 Haitian migrants die when boat sinks off Cuba

Cuba says 38 Haitian migrants have died after a boat they were in sank off the island's eastern coast.

According to an official communique read out on state television, 87 others were rescued by Cuban civil defense forces after Saturday's shipwreck, including four children. A search was on for more survivors.

The boat was spotted in the sea off Cuba's Guantanamo province, some 590 miles (950 kilometers) from Havana. The province is home to the U.S. naval base where terror suspects are held.

It was not clear where the Haitians were heading, though Cuba likely was not their intended destination. The dead included 21 men and 17 women, according to the communique.