Dominican Migrant Boat Overturns; At Least 10 Dead
February 5, 2012 7:36AM (UTC)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A fire chief in the eastern Dominican Republic says at least 10 people drowned when a boat overloaded with migrants overturned off the country's coast.
Jeffrey Pimentel says the wooden boat was filled with migrants trying to reach Puerto Rico across the Mona Passage.
Pimentel says survivors say there were about 60 people on board and many of them are missing. He said 10 bodies had been recovered and nine people had been rescued.
The country's Civil Defense department was searching the ocean Saturday by sea and air for more survivors.
Thousands of Dominican migrants cross over to the U.S. island territory every year in open boats known that are ill-suited to the treacherous journey.
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