An Illegal Vessel Has Capsized Off West Caicos In TCI

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Turks and Caicos Police Press Release

A rescue operation is underway, after a vessel carrying what are believed to be illegal migrants capsized.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch crews were immediately dispatched to the vessel that capsized off West Caicos on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 after 8:00 a.m.

An investigation and search extended into the afternoon with a total of 13 persons rescued so far and 10 bodies recovered from the water.

Acting Commissioner, Trevor Botting said, “At this stage, it is unclear as to the total souls on board the vessel. Officers of the Marine Branch along with Immigration Officials and divers are assisting in a search for additional survivors or victims. This is a tragic loss of life; We offer our condolences and sympathies to the families of those affected by this terrible incident. No journey is worth risking lives on the dangerous seas in these small vessels”.

Acting Commissioner Botting added, “The incident is now under investigation to establish the circumstances of the vessels voyage and the loss of the craft".

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Immigration.