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More than 80 rescued as vessel carrying Haitians capsizes

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos (AP) - Authorities say as many as 85 people are missing after a boat carrying Haitian migrants sank off the Turks and Caicos Islands.

A survivor says the boat had been at sea for three days, then struck a reef as it tried to hide from a police vessel.

The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers found 113 survivors stranded on two reefs and recovered two bodies. That revised an earlier statement that four bodies had been found.

Information from survivors indicates that between 160 and 200 people were on board when the vessel capsized near the island chain north of Haiti and southeast of the Bahamas. She says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Haitians routinely take to the seas in rickety, overcrowded boats in hopes of escaping poverty in the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation.


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