NPR : News

Filed Under:

Dozens Of Haitian Migrants Reported Dead After Boat Capsizes

Dozens of Haitians have died in a desperate attempt to reach the Bahamas, after their crowded 40-foot sloop capsized. Deployed from Florida, Coast Guard crews scrambled to work with Bahamian forces to rescue more than 100 survivors Tuesday. The Coast Guard says the craft ran aground in the Bahamas' Exuma Cays.

At least 30 people have been reported dead since the boat, described as a sail freighter, flipped over last night, according to The Miami Herald. The newspaper notes that the central Bahamas area was under a small-craft advisory Monday — and that the death toll has risen steadily since the bodies of three Haitians were initially recovered.

Images of the harrowing scene at sea show dozens of people clinging to the hull and mast of the capsized vessel, which was nearly on its side in the ocean. From the Coast Guard air station in Clearwater, Fla., a helicopter brought a large raft to the area; food and other supplies were also dropped to the survivors before they were taken to safety.

"Unfortunately, we see these types of tragedies occur on a monthly basis," said Coast Guard Spokesman Chief Mike Doss. "Every year, we see hundreds of migrants needlessly lose their lives at sea, taking part in these dangerous and illegal voyages."

From The Herald:

"Some 1,550 Haitian migrants have been received or intercepted by authorities in the Bahamas this year, the government said, surpassing last year's total of 1,477.

"This is the second time in recent weeks that the Coast Guard has responded to a fatal boating incident involving Haitian migrants."

That last incident resulted in the deaths of four women.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

For decades, astronomers believed there was another planet in our solar system, tucked just out of sight. Then Albert Einstein figured out it wasn't there. Author Thomas Levenson explains.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

2 Degrees In Paris: The Global Warming Set To Dominate Climate Conversation

As world leaders gather in Paris to talk about climate change, one phrase that will dominate conversations is "two degrees." Global leaders will discuss how to prevent global temperatures from warming by more than two degrees since the industrial revolution.

What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.