Puerto Rico calls off search for 14 Dominican boatpeople lost at sea: AP


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Jun 24, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a four-day search for 14 Dominican migrants bound for Puerto Rico who reportedly went missing at sea, AP reports.

Spokesman Ricardo Castrodad on Tuesday said concerned relatives called authorities after the boat left the Dominican Republic on Dec. 1 but failed to arrive at Puerto Rico’s southwest, its intended destination.

He said crews spent more than 76 hours searching for the group, covering more than 39,000 square miles (100,000 square kilometers) between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Dozens of Dominican boatpeople die of the hundreds that try to cross the treacherous, 100-mile (160-kilometer) long Mona Passage, attempting to reach U.S. territory every year