According to the United States Coast Guard, the number of migrant boats that have been stopped since 2004 has reached its greatest level in the past few months.
The United States Coast Guard has confirmed that the sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of Puerto Rico on Thursday afternoon resulted in the deaths of at least 11 persons and the rescue of 31 others.
Twenty men and eleven women are the only ones who made it out of the attack alive.
Late in the morning on Thursday, a helicopter from the United States Customs and Border Protection noticed a “suspected unlawful migrant journey” that had overturned close to an uninhabited island in Puerto Rico.
Because the Coast Guard has no idea how many people were on board, the search is likely going to continue well into the night in the hopes of finding any further survivors.
Written by Ricardo Castrodad, the Coast Guard’s official spokesperson: Castrodad continued by saying, “We are looking to save as many people as we can and discover any survivors we can.”