March 1, 1988
A crowded boat carrying 45 illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic capsized in heavy seas off Puerto Rico's west coast, and police launched a search for survivors. Two survivors detained by authorities said the wooden boat, described as about 30 feet long, had 37 men and eight women aboard when it foundered late Sunday, a Puerto Rico police spokesman said.
January 3, 2000 |
Two days after a boat packed with more than 400 Haitians, Dominicans and Chinese ran aground about a mile off the Florida coast, the U.S. Coast Guard began shipping the would-be migrants home, officials said Sunday night. Four of the 411 passengers, three of them pregnant women, were brought to shore for medical reasons and are expected to be returned later, said Mike Gilhooly, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
October 8, 1987 |
As the estimated death toll rose to at least 70, authorities said Wednesday that doomed refugees from a sinking boat had thrashed wildly in the waves, trying to fend off more than 40 frenzied sharks, but officials flying above could do nothing to help. Between 70 and 100 people are feared dead from the capsizing of the overloaded boat off the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. Officials said some of the missing may have made it to shore and fled; many bodies were expected to surface later.