Two survive shipwreck off Haiti

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Two survive shipwreck off Haiti

Post by Guysanto » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:20 pm

A freighter has caught fire and sunk off the coast of Haiti killing at least eight of those on board.

The authorities say they are still searching in the waters off the coast of Haiti for another 44 passengers who have been reported missing.

Two others were rescued and taken to a hospital in the neighbouring Dominican Republic for treatment.

Many Haitians flee poverty and unrest each year in small boats, trying to reach Florida to the north.

The two survivors said the sail-powered freighter had left Cap-Haitien heading for the Turks and Caicos islands.

It is not known why the ship caught fire, some 40km (25 miles) from the border that separates Haiti from the Dominican Republic.

The two survivors were spotted by a US yacht on Wednesday, and had apparently been in the water for at least a day.

"They found just the two people, not the boat, not anything," Captain Jose Antonio Carrero, commander of the Dominican Navy's northern operations, told the Associated Press news agency.

The pair, a man and a woman, both in their 20s, are being treated for dehydration and first-degree burns.

Eight bodies have been found in the water, and a US Coast Guard cutter and planes are carrying out a search for any survivors.



Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/a ... 410437.stm

Published: 2007/03/02 02:14:47 GMT

© BBC MMVII

Dunord

Shipwreck

Post by Dunord » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:12 pm

Terrible thing. I've seen this kind of thing happen again and again. People looking for life pay to go to Provo, the poorly built boat gets overloaded and goes down.
APN knows and sees these boats as they are being loaded but do nothing to stop them. Thousands have died this way over the years.
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