At least 17 migrants dead after ship sinks off Bahamas

At least 17 migrants dead after ship sinks off Bahamas

25 people survived the boat capsizing and were rescued.

The bodies of 17 Haitian migrants were found dead and another 25 people were rescued at sea in a rescue operation that continued on Sunday after the sinking of x27;a ship off the Bahamas, Bahamian and Haitian authorities announced.

The boat, which capsized in rough seas, according to the press release issued by Prime Minister Philip Davis, left the most populous island of the archipelago with around 60 people on board.

Fifteen of the victims are women, one man and one child also lost their lives in this accident.

It is believed that their final destination was Miami, Florida, said the head of the Bahamian government.

Seventeen compatriots died off the Bahamas and several [have] disappeared on July 24. This new tragedy saddens the entire nation, tweeted Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islets (39 of which are inhabited) located 80 km to the south -east coasts of Florida and north of Cuba, are regularly used as transit land by migrants seeking to reach the United States.

In Haiti, a country plagued by by gang crime, where nearly half of the population suffers from food insecurity, many residents regularly try to reach Florida illegally by sea, often stopping in the Bahamas or the Turks- and Caicos, under British authority.

I understand that the situation many of these migrants face encourages them to take such great risks, said Philip Davis, who nevertheless calls on those who are planning to make such a trip, not to do it.

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