Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dominican Republic: At least 5 dead after migrant boat sinks near Dominican Republic

Image: A survivor of the Dominican Republic migrant boat sinking.

Rescue efforts continued Sunday after a boat carrying migrants sank between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, killing at least five, authorities said.

Eight people have been rescued and five bodies have been recovered, the Dominican Civil Defense Department said.

The agency received a call Saturday afternoon about the sinking. The boat, which was headed toward Puerto Rico, had at least 30 people on board, the department said.

Rescue efforts included the civil defense department, the Dominican navy, the Dominican air force, national police and the U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico. Source