PORT-AU-PRINCE – At least 21 people died when the boat they were sailing on to Bombardopolis sank off Gonaives, in northern Haiti, officials with Civil Protection confirmed to EFE on Monday.
The boat sank on the weekend, and the bodies of the dead were recovered on Sunday, although the sources said that it is not known exactly how many people were on board the vessel that, in addition to passengers, was transporting food products.
Civil Protection officials said that some people survived the shipwreck and are hospitalized, although they were unable to determine precisely how many survivors were receiving medical care.
Incidents such as this one occur regularly in Haiti, especially during the rainy season, due to the fact that the maritime monitoring system has no means of controlling informal passenger transport when risky situations develop.
In that regard, Civil Protection repeated its call to the public not to take the risk of sea travel in adverse weather conditions, noting that in the past two weeks 28 people have died as a result of the rainy and stormy weather.
The national maritime service is continuing with the search for survivors and/or the recovery of bodies from the shipwreck.