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Dozens on Haiti boat missing

July 29, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Rescuers searched by sea and air for dozens of Haitians after an overloaded sailboat ran aground and capsized in reef-studded waters off the Turks and Caicos Islands, killing at least 15 migrants fleeing the poverty of their homeland.

The boat was carrying an estimated 200 people when it struck a coral reef and broke apart in rough seas near West Caicos.

Officials said 15 died and more than 100 were rescued. Dozens were missing.

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