Haitian Ferry Capsizes; at Least 5 People Dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A ferry capsized off Haiti's southern coast Saturday morning, killing at least five people. Authorities said it wasn't clear how many people were on board, but as many as two dozen could be missing.

Officials had initially said six people were known dead, but later lowered the figure.

Civil protection official Jean-Michel Sabbat said the boat overturned en route from Anse a Pitre, near the border with the Dominican Republic, to the southern peninsula city of Jacmel.

Twenty-two survivors were reported rescued and crews were still
searching for others who might have been aboard. Sabbat said rough
estimates indicated that perhaps as many as 60 people were aboard
the vessel.

Officials could not immediately say what kind of boat it was or what caused it to overturn.

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