Puerto Rico authorities rescue 30 migrants after boat capsizes, killing 2

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  • Authorities conducted a search for potential survivors off Puerto Rico’s northwest coast following a boat capsizing, resulting in at least two fatalities.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 30 people from the capsized boat near Camuy, with two hospitalized, including a pregnant woman.
  • Survivors estimated the boat carried between 30 and 50 passengers.

Authorities searched for migrants missing off Puerto Rico’s northwest coast Thursday after a crowded boat capsized, killing at least two people.

Puerto Rico police said officers rescued 20 occupants of the boat that capsized Wednesday near the coastal town of Quebradillas. 

Two of them were hospitalized for unspecified reasons.

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It wasn’t immediately clear how many people the boat carried when it turned over or from where they departed, although the vast majority of migrants who try to reach Puerto Rico are from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Migrants

Migrants are seen gathering on a pier on Dec. 6, 2020, in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, Spain. Authorities searched for potential survivors off Puerto Rico’s northwest coast Thursday after a crowded boat capsized, killing at least two people. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The number of people traveling to the U.S. territory from the Dominican Republic on rickety and crowded vessels has increased as Haiti struggles with a spike in gang violence and deepening poverty.

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Crossing the 92-mile Mona Passage, a strait between the island of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico is treacherous, with dozens of migrants reported drowned in recent years. , The Dominican Republic and Haiti share Hispaniola.

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