26 Dec 2011

Boat carrying Haiti migrants sinks near Cuba

3:23 pm on 26 December 2011

At least 38 migrants from Haiti have been found dead after their boat sank just off the eastern tip of Cuba.

Officials in Havana said another 87 people from the boat were rescued.

The officials told Cuban TV that the boat was spotted only 100m off shore.

A search for more possible survivors is now under way.

Fatal incidents involving migrants from Haiti are not uncommon, the BBC reports.

In 2009, US Coast Guard officials called off their search for about 70 migrants from Haiti whose boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands.