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It is suspected that the boat was carrying illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic; US Coast Guard rescued 31 survivors

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Known as the Canal de Mona, the maritime strip that separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico is a regular immigration route.

A boat with dozens of immigrants on board sank this Thursday, 12, in the coastal area of Puerto Rico, causing the death of at least 11 people. The accident happened about 10 nautical miles north of the Puerto Rican islet of Desecheo. The information was released by the US Coast Guard. U.S, in messages on social networks. It is suspected that the ship was carrying illegal immigrants gives Dominican Republic. So far, 31 survivors have been found and rescue operations are continuing in the maritime region. According to the Coast Guard statement, this is “a case of the mass rescue of an unspecified number of people in the water”.

Known as the Mona Channel, the strip of water that separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico is a regular immigration route and boats are seized there every week. On Thursday, the Coast Guard announced that it had repatriated 44 Dominicans after two ships were intercepted trying to illegally reach the west coast of Puerto Rico. In addition, the place is also known by other shipwrecks. Three days ago, rescuers found 68 survivors of a ship that sank, causing the death of one person.

*With information from EFE

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