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#5304: 10 Die, 18 Missing in Boat Accident (fwd)
10 Die, 18 Missing in Boat Accident
The Associated Press, Thu 12 Oct 2000
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) ? A cargo vessel struck a rickety boat carrying
Haitian immigrants late a night off the Bahamas, killing at least 10
people and leaving another 18 missing, officials said Thursday.
Crew members of the cargo ship rescued 87 Haitians as their 45-foot boat
sank following the collision at 1 a.m. Wednesday near Staniel Cay, about
50 miles northwest of Great Exuma island, the Bahamas Defense Force
said. The accident occurred about 350 miles northwest of Haiti.
The cargo ship's crew said they did not see the Haitian boat in the dark
because it had no lights, the Defense Force said.
Divers retrieved the bodies of 10 Haitians on Thursday and planned to
resume their search Friday. A Defense Force ship sent to retrieve the
survivors intercepted two other Haitian boats, one carrying 23
people and the other carrying 10.