A boat carrying mostly Haitian immigrants from St. Maarten/St. Martin capsized late Monday after hitting a reef off the British Virgin Islands. At least ten people are still missing.
British and U.S. Coast Guard crews are looking for possibly five men, three children and two women after the "flimsy" and "grossly overcrowded" boat sank, according to online news posts on Wednesday.
The Coast Guard of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba did not have any information about the illegal departure of at least 25 persons from the island early this week.
At least one body had been found adrift in the seas up to early evening, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad in a FoxNews online post. Thirteen migrants, including two Sri Lankans, were rescued by a passing fishing boat and authorities are "struggling to identify" them. "Two others managed to swim safely to shore," FoxNews reported.
A British Virgin Islands spokesperson said: "Two of the missing people are also from the island nation off India’s southern tip where a civil war has lasted 25 years and killed more than 70,000."