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Haiti - Social : End of the search for survivors of the shipwreck in the passage of Mona
Rescue crews involved in the search conducted 20 air and 10 surface searches, covering over 5,194 square nautical miles, (an area larger than Puerto Rico).
Rescue assets involved in the search :
Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos
HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Clearwater
C-27J Spartan from Air Station Sacramento
Air Station Borinquen MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters
Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations assets
Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine units
The final balance sheet is 38 survivors, 36 Haitians and 2 Dominicans. Rescue teams also recovered the lifeless bodies of 11 Haitian women.
"Our most heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those who did not survive or remain missing, our prayers are with them," said Capt. Gregory H. Magee, Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan adding "I commend all the partner agency crews who responded in this case, their bravery and actions helped save 38 lives from almost certain death, as well as, the air, surface and land-based crews involved in the search. These crews have done their utmost to ensure that if there were anymore survivors, that they would have had the best chance to be rescued. Unfortunately, as the threat of illegal voyages continues, we could be forced to respond to similar events in the future. The dangers of these voyages are real, we see them everyday, people aboard grossly overloaded makeshift boats taking on water in high seas with little or no lifesaving equipment. These people are at the mercy of ruthless smugglers who are not concerned with their lives or safety. To anyone thinking of taking part of an illegal voyage, don’t take to the sea! It could just save your life."
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