At least 11 people have been killed and 31 rescued after a boat capsized in Puerto Rico

A boat capsizes north of an uninhabited island in Puerto Rico, killing at least 11 people and rescuing 31 others.

The U.S. Coast Guard, which carried out rescue operations on Thursday, said most of the survivors were from Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrode said the “large-scale rescue effort” lasted until Friday.

He said to save as many people as possible, to save as many people as possible.

The death comes as the number of Haitians and other immigrants entering the United States via dangerous waterways is increasing.

According to US Customs and Border Protection, between October 2021 and March 2022, 571 Haitians and 252 individuals from the Dominican Republic were detained in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

According to the agency, in fiscal year 2021, 310 Haitians and 354 Dominicans were detained, while in fiscal year 2020, 22 Haitians and 313 Dominicans were arrested.

The incident comes less than a week after the U.S. Coast Guard and Dominican Navy rescued 68 migrants on Saturday in the Mona Channel, a dangerous area between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. A Haitian woman was killed in the incident.

Among those rescued Thursday were 11 women and 20 men who were taken to Puerto Rico, where eight were treated at local hospitals, officials said.

Eleven of the dead have not yet been identified.

Along with the increase in the number of those fleeing Haiti, gang-related violence has increased in the country, killing dozens of people, including women and children. According to the United Nations, homicides in the country have risen by 17 percent.

Meanwhile, kidnappings have increased by 180 per cent. Recently, on Sunday, eight Turkish nationals were forcibly boarded a bus and kidnapped in Haiti in the Dominican Republic.

The United Nations last week expressed concern over a “sharp decline in security and human rights” in the country, which is also facing a political crisis following the July 2021 assassination of President Juanel Moyes.

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