The capsizing happened sometime after 3 a.m.
According to the Turks and Caicos government, the sloop capsized as it was being towed to a dock to offload the migrants. Thirty-two migrants were rescued and 18 died, the statement said.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter is assisting in the search for additional migrants.
Several survivors escaped at shore, according to the government.
This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available. via – MiamiHerald.com