The Los Angeles Times reports on the construction of a boat in Cap Haitien, Haiti and preparations being made by some earthquake survivors to flee the country for the US.
“When builders finish the boat in a few days, it will set sail with … at least 40 others for the United States. If they survive the 600-mile crossing, and aren’t intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard, they’ll soon be walking the streets of opportunity. … The boat is being built on a narrow, secluded waterway that feeds into the bay, out of sight of Haitian coast guard patrols and U.S. ships that [the ship’s builder] said he’s spotted on the shimmering blue sea just outside the bay.”
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The US Coast Guard discontinued its 2 plus day search for survivors. 15 dead have been confirmed and about 70 others are believed to be missing and dead. Survivors from the boat said they paid $500 apiece for the trip to the Turks and Caicos from northern Haiti.
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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.”
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