A Haitian boat carrying an estimated 200 people sank near the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Reports indicate that 15 bodies have been recovered, over 100 persons have been rescued, and over 70 may still be missing.
Rescue operations were being carried out by the US Coast Guard and the Turks and Caicos Police Marine Patrol.
“According to the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami, 1,491 Haitians were intercepted at sea between Oct. 1, 2008 and June 2, 2009. During the previous fiscal year [1 Oct 2007 – 30 Sept 2008], 1,582 Haitians were intercepted.”