17 migrants die
as boat capsizes
At least 17 migrants from Haiti died Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat capsized as it was being towed to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the British territory said.
A marine unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force intercepted the packed sloop about two hours earlier and was escorting it to shore when it abruptly overturned, sparking a frantic search and rescue in predawn darkness.
The cause of the capsizing has not been confirmed. Karlo Pelissier, the Haitian consul to the Turks and Caicos, said he was told by survivors that several migrants tried to jump off the 28-foot boat and flee to land and that the surge caused the sloop to overturn.
Authorities rescued 32 and recovered the bodies of 17. Divers and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters were aiding in a search for more survivors or victims in clear water about 150 yards from shore. - AP
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