Boat over­turns off Haiti; 6 dead and at least 10 miss­ing

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - Associ­ated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Au­thor­i­ties in Haiti say at least six peo­ple drowned and about 10 are miss­ing after a boat over­turned off the north­ern coast.

Lo­cal Civil Pro­tec­tion agency rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jose Rethone says 23 peo­ple have been res­cued and a search is con­tin­u­ing for more sur­vivors near the city of Port-de-Paix.

Rethone says the boat over­turned Thurs­day in rough seas as it was car­ry­ing peo­ple on a reg­u­lar route be­tween the is­land of La Tortue and Port-de-Paix. He says of­fi­cials be­lieve about 40 peo­ple were on board but there was no man­i­fest.

The ves­sels used as fer­ries in that area are fre­quently over­loaded and poorly main­tained.

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