Dozens of Haitian migrants killed in shipwreck off Bahamas

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ABACO, Bahamas

At least 28 Haitians have drowned off the coast of Abaco in the Bahamas, the latest tragedy at sea for migrants seeking to leave the Caribbean’s poorest economy.

“Thus far, a total of 17 persons have been rescued alive and 28 bodies have been recovered from the water” after two days of dive operations, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force said.

The shipwreck unfolded Saturday when the ship carrying the Haitians sank near Fowl Cay, six miles (10 kilometers) off the coast of Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Coast officials have so far reported that fifteen survivors and 13 dead bodies were recovered Saturday in a joint mission between the RBDF and US Coast Guard.

On Sunday, they added, two more survivors were found alive on a nearby cay in addition to 15 bodies in the sunken vessel.