Coast Guard Rescues 10, 58 Still Missing from Capsized Freighter

MIAMI – The Coast Guard is searching for approximately 58 undocumented migrants after a 25 to 30-foot Haitian sail-freighter capsized approximately one-half mile south of the Providenciales Island in the Turks and Caicos.

Coast Guard officials working for Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos were immediately notified by Turks and Caicos police at 5 a.m., a Haitian vessel capsized while being towed by a Turks and Caicos police vessel at 4:20 a.m. one-half mile off the Providenciales Island.

The police boat immediately recovered 63 people from the capsized vessel but statements from the survivors to the police indicated there were approximately 150 people on board.

Coast Guard Cutter Forward along with a C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and an HH-60 helicopter deployed to Great Inagua, Bahamas working for OPBAT, were diverted to search.

At 6:35 a.m. the crew on the HH-60 helicopter located approximately 20 deceased migrants and later reported seeing another 10 clinging to the hull of the capsized vessel. The police boat was guided in by the HH-60 crew and recovered the 10 survivors.

In May, 195 Haitians, not including today, have been rescued/interdicted by Coast Guard assets.

Since January, 909 Haitians, also not including today, have been interdicted by the Coast Guard.

The Cutter Forward is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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