Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) says shipwrecks of boats carrying immigrants on the Caribbean Sea from Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and other countries in the region have jumped significantly during the last year.
The IACHR reports that the latest of those tragedies took place on May 1 when a boat with 18 Haitians headed to Puerto Rico sank off the coast at Boca Chica, in the Dominican Republic. Of the Haitians aboard the boat, six died and 12 were rescued by Dominican Republic?s Navy.
The tragedy forms part of the more than 20 incidents at sea in various places in the Caribbean in 2014 so far, affecting around 320 people, of which 19 drowned and 12 are still missing.