The Washington Post

17 dead as boat with Haitian migrants sinks

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Seventeen people died after a boat carrying dozens of Haitian migrants capsized off the coast of the Bahamas, authoritie­s said Sunday, as more Haitians attempt to reach the United States to flee gang violence and poverty at home.

Rescue teams recovered the 17 bodies, including that of an infant, and 25 people were rescued, Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis said at a news conference. Davis said authoritie­s believe they were on a speedboat heading for Miami.

“It is believed that the vessel capsized in rough seas,” he said.

Up to 60 people may have been on board, Police Commission­er Clayton Fernander said.

Authoritie­s said two people were taken into custody, both from the Bahamas, over the suspected human smuggling operation.

The Bahamas is a frequent transit route for Haitians seeking to reach the United States.

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