A boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands leaving 18 migrants dead on Wednesday.
The boat had been intercepted by police and was being escorted to shore when it sank 150 metres offshore.
Thirty two people were rescued. They were reportedly from Haiti.
The BBC reports accidents involving overloaded boats carrying migrants from Haiti are not uncommon in the Caribbean.
About 30 people died in November when their vessel sank off the Bahamas.