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13 dead, dozens rescued after migrant boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

the U.S. Coast Guard’s
the Coast Guard
Customs and Border Protection
Puerto Rico’s
Institute of Forensic Sciences
the Dominican Human Rights Committee
The U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan
Minority Rights Group International
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Ricardo Castrodad
Jeffrey Quiñones
Betsy Rivera
José E. Díaz
Jovenel Moïse


the Mona Passage
Crash Boat Beach

the Mona Passage

Puerto Rico
San Juan
Desecheo Island
the Dominican Republic and Haiti
the United States

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Authorities said the boat was found about 10 nautical miles north of Desecheo Island — a patch of land in the Mona Passage, the strait between Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island that includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti.The vessel is “suspected of taking part in an illegal voyage,” the Coast Guard said in a news release. Díaz, acting commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, said in a statement Saturday.Castrodad said the kind of vessel that capsized Thursday is known as a “yola” — a boat with “poor construction, always taking on water, unseaworthy and designed to try to just get these people across in one attempt.”The boats can be hard to detect, he said, so it was fortunate that Customs and Border Protection crews spotted the emergency.Officials said they are working to interview the survivors and learn more about the situation.Increasing numbers of Dominicans and Haitians have been intercepted in Puerto Rico and in the Mona Passage on “illegal voyages” in recent years, according to Coast Guard data.

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