Brazil says 19 feared drowned off Ba­hamas

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

At least 19 Brazil­ian mi­grants who went miss­ing last month are feared drowned off the Ba­hamas as they tried to cross il­le­gally to the United States, of­fi­cials in Brasilia said yes­ter­day. “The fear is that the boat the Brazil­ians were trav­el­ing in went down in the Caribbean as it left the Ba­hamas,” ac­cord­ing to Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties on the of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion web­site, Por­tal Brasil. The mi­grants’ fam­i­lies have not heard from them since Novem­ber 6, the Brazil­ian for­eign ministry said. Brazil­ian me­dia re­ports said there were also dozens of other mi­grants aboard the boat, which of­fi­cials sus­pect went down while at­tempt­ing the roughly 80-km cross­ing be­tween the Ba­hamas and the Florida coast. “The Brazil­ian em­bassy in Nas­sau, Ba­hamas and the Brazil­ian con­sulate in Mi­ami, Florida are in con­tact with fam­ily mem­bers and Caribbean and US au­thor­i­ties to try to lo­cate the miss­ing per­sons,” said Por­tal Brasil. The Brazil­ian for­eign ministry said it was not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity that the mi­grants could be in prison or miss­ing for other rea­sons.

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