The New York Times
January 27, 2004

20 Dominicans Lost at Sea


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Jan. 26 Twenty Dominican migrants trying to get to Puerto Rico are missing at sea after their boat capsized on
Saturday, and there is little chance they will be found alive, the Dominican authorities said Monday.

Three people from the boat were rescued over the weekend, and Dominican Navy vessels were searching for more survivors from the wreck off the east coast of the Dominican Republic.

The boat, with 23 people on board, left Saturday morning from near Boca de Yuma, about 80 miles east of the capital, Santo Domingo. The boat capsized about 20
miles east of Boca de Yuma.

United States Coast Guard figures indicate a rise in the number of Dominican migrants intercepted by the agency in recent months.