The lives of 10 Haitian migrants was cut short when their boat sank off the coast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials said Monday.
The offials confirmed that at least 14 people were rescued when the boat went down Sunday in shark-infested waters off the archipelago, which is just southeast of the Bahamas and some 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Haiti.
The authorities “are not yet in a position to say exactly how many people were on the boat. However, 10 lifeless bodies were found,” rescue officials said in a statement.
Around 40 migrants disappeared in a shipwreck last October off the Bahamas coast. Only nine people survived.
Tens of thousands of young Haitians, unable to find work at home, have made the hazardous journey to countries in North and South America, in particular to Chile and Brazil, where securing a visa was considered to be easiest.
In the past four years, approximately 165,000 Haitians have moved to Chile, prompting the government in Santiago to introduce entry visas in April last year to stem the flow of migrants.