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38 die in Haitian shipwreck off Cuba

Havana, December 25, 2011

At least 38 people died on Saturday when a boat carrying Haitian migrants sunk off the coast of Guantanamo province in far eastern Cuba, Cuban television reported.

It said 87 people, including seven women, were rescued after civil defense forces spotted the boat 100 m off Punta Maisi, which is about 600 miles (1,000 km) southeast of Havana.

There were no details on the possible cause of the accident or the destination of the boat, but search and rescue efforts were still underway, the report said.

The dead included 21 men and 17 women, it said. – Reuters




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