18 Haitians die after boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos




 
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18 Haitians die after boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos
 
December 25th, 2013  
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18 Haitians die after boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Eighteen Haitians died on Wednesday morning off the Turks and Caicos islands after a sailboat carrying more than 50 suspected immigrants capsized while being towed into port, officials said. Thirty-two Haitians were pulled from the waters about 100 meters off Providenciales, an island in the Turks and Caicos islands north of Haiti in the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The survivors are being held in a Turks and Caicos immigration detention and removal center. Turks and Caicos police intercepted the boat around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT) on Christmas day, according to a statement on the governor's office Facebook page.

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