Haitian survivor of a fatal smuggling trip relives tragedy – Haiti – MiamiHerald.com

BIqxz.St.56Fear gripped the would-be migrants the moment they spotted what they would be traveling in for the next few days — a 25-foot, white recreational fishing boat.

The small craft, which would typically hold four to six people comfortably, would be ferrying the group of eight Haitians — plus the captain and his aide — some 730 miles over treacherous seas from Haiti’s neglected northwest coast to Miami. Already, the captain was asking them to leave personal belongings behind.

Even the captain’s cocky words as he walked through their rural Haitian village recruiting passengers and collecting passage fees in the days leading up to the ill-fated voyage provided little comfort: Everything would be fine, the man boasted. He had made this trip many times before.

“They fooled us,” said Louisias Pierre, one of several survivors plucked out of the waters off Miami Beach last month after the boat capsized, sending four Haitian women to their deaths. via – MiamiHerald.com



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