Monday, January 22, 2018

Boat flips near Dominican coast; at least 1 death


This Aug. 26, 2014 photo shows a person holding a document that confirms that Sibina Miracle, a 27 years-old Haitian immigrant, has turned in the required documents to apply for legal status in the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is approving the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program. To qualify for legal residency, migrants must have come to the Dominican Republic before October 2011. Migrants and advocates say the required documentation is hard to come up with and many may not make it by the May 31 deadline. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)

Andrew Manswell

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Authorities in the Dominican Republic searched Friday for survivors after a small boat carrying about 20 migrants capsized off the eastern tip of the country as they apparently tried to reach Puerto Rico.

The body of one woman, a 47-year-old from Haiti, was recovered and another migrant was hospitalized, according to Amado Avila, director of the civil defense agency for the area.

The survivor told officials that all the rest on board had managed to swim safely to shore but authorities were searching the waters off the town of Bavaro to make sure, said Juan Pablo Sandoval, a navy spokesman.

Authorities recovered the boat and it had no visible damage. The vessel overturned Thursday shortly after the migrants set off with the apparent intention of crossing the Mona Passage to reach the U.S. island territory.