Eleven Haitian migrants drown when ship capsizes off Puerto Rico

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At least 11 people have drowned after a ship carrying Haitian migrants sank near Puerto Rico, the US Coast Guard said Thursday. As of 6 p.m. local time, 31 survivors had also been found.

It is not yet known how many people in total were on board the ship which was discovered ten nautical miles north of the island of Desecheo, Puerto Rico.

The survivors were taken to Puerto Rico, where eight of them are being treated in hospital. As night fell, the Coast Guard was still searching the area around the crash for other survivors.

Migrants, particularly from Haiti, have tried to escape gang violence and poverty in recent months. To escape, they often opt for risky voyages on unseaworthy ships.

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