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Haiti: At least 17 dead in a shipwreck off Haiti

The sinking of a sailing ship in northwestern Haiti caused at least 17 deaths, including two two-year-old children and a dozen women, authorities reported Thursday.

The shipwreck took place on Wednesday afternoon, in the channel that separates Haiti’s main territory from the island of Tortuga, in the northwest of the country.

On the boat were residents of Tortuga Island. The latter was returning home from the municipal market of the city of Saint Louis du Nord, according to statements by the general director of the Maritime and Navigation Service (Semanah), Eric Junior Prévost, to local media.

So far, Saint Louis du Nord Civil Protection members have rescued at least nine survivors, including two women and seven men.

The brigadistas of the Department of Civil Protection, with the support of the Semanah, continue the search operations to find possible survivors, explained the general director of the Semanah.

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