At least 15 Haitians dead after boat sinks off Turks and Caicos in shark-infested waters

The U.S. Coast Guard late Sunday suspended its search for Haitian migrants in the shark-infested waters off the Turks and Caicos Islands after reporting that 15 bodies had been recovered, and 14 survivors found. At least four bodies were still unaccounted for, the agency said in a tweet.

The Coast Guard had been providing assistance to the marine branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police, which spent the day scouring the turquoise waters for Haitian migrants. The search-and-rescue operation was launched sometime after 8 a.m. Sunday when police were alerted that a twin-engine outboard boat smuggling undocumented migrants from Haiti had capsized off West Caicos, an uninhabited island in the British overseas territory.

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