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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Haitian Refugee Boat Capsizes with 200 Aboard

U.S. Coast Guard officials in boats, airplanes and a helicopter scoured the warm, shallow waters off the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday for dozens of missing Haitians whose overloaded sailboat capsized. Rescuers pulled 113 survivors from reefs, and police recovered 11 bodies.

An estimated 200 people were aboard the boat when it capsized, said Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Johnson, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami. The Coast Guard was searching with a helicopter, a jet and the cutter Valiant, which was sending out smaller vessels. A C-130 aircraft was on its way.

"We're really hoping we can find as many people as possible," Johnson said.

link: Haitian boat capsizes; 113 saved, dozens missing - Nation & World - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington


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