Nov 26, 2013 10:54 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Death toll may hit 30 in Haitian migrant capsizing

MIAMI (AP) - A Royal Bahamas Defense Force spokesman says the death toll may reach 30 in the capsizing of a sailboat packed with migrants from Haiti.

Lt. Origin Deleveaux says Bahamian authorities have confirmed that at least 20 people died when the boat flipped over near Staniel Cay. Deleveaux tells The Associated Press that five bodies had been recovered by late Tuesday afternoon with the aid of the U.S. Coast Guard. He says they are trying to recover more by nightfall.

Interviews with migrants suggest the toll could reach about 30 people. The overloaded sailboat apparently struck a reef and capsized near tiny Harvey Cay, west of Staniel Cay in the Exumas.

About 110 people have been rescued from the boat, including 19 women.


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