At least 17 migrants dead after ship sinks off Bahamas


At least 17 migrants dead after ship sinks off Bahamas

25 people survived the capsizing of the boat and were rescued.

The bodies of 17 Haitian migrants were found without Life and 25 others were rescued at sea in a rescue operation that continued Sunday after a ship sank off the Bahamas, Bahamian and Haitian authorities said.

< p class="e-p">The boat, which capsized in rough seas, according to the press release issued by Prime Minister Philip Davis, left the most populous island of the archipelago with around 60 people on board.

Fifteen of the victims are women. A man and a child also lost their lives in the accident.

It is believed that their final destination was Miami, Florida, the Bahamian Prime Minister said.

Seventeen compatriots died off the Bahamas and several [have] disappeared on July 24. This new tragedy saddens the entire nation, tweeted Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islets, 39 of which are inhabited, are located 80 km southeast coasts of Florida and north of Cuba. They are regularly used as transit land by migrants seeking to reach the United States.

In Haiti, a country plagued by gang crime, where nearly half of the population suffers from food insecurity, many inhabitants try to reach Florida illegally by sea, often stopping in the Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos Islands, under British authority.


I understand that the situation that many of these migrants face encourages them to take such great risks, said Philip Davis, who nevertheless calls on those who are considering making such a trip, not to do it.


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