Survivors from a rickety wooden sailboat, which ran aground last week while ferrying undocumented Haitian migrants through the Bahamas, are scheduled to be repatriated to Haiti Tuesday, Bahamian authorities said.
At least 30 Haitians died in the tragedy. The 111 survivors are among 342 Haitians who will be flown on three chartered Bahamasair flights to Port-au-Prince, pending receipt of landing permits from the Haitian government. The group also includes 56 stranded Haitians who were rescued off a small cay north of the capsized boat.
The latest repatriations come as the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the United States all report spikes in the past year in Haitian migrants trying to make it to their shores and as immigration and humanitarian experts try to find solutions to curb the dangerous tide. via – MiamiHerald.com