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17 dead migrants wash ashore in Haiti

U.S. Coast Guard assists in search for survivors

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MIAMI – U.S. Coast Guard crews are assisting in the search for possible survivors after 17 dead migrants washed ashore in Haiti Thursday night.

The Haitian Coast Guard rescued 12 survivors, but said 19 people are still missing.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter deployed in Great Ingagua, Bahamas conducted a search Friday morning, but did not find any survivors.

"Our crews are searching with every intention to find these missing people and bring them back to their loved ones," said Capt. Mark Fedor, Coast Guard 7th District chief of response. "The sad truth remains that many have already perished and the Coast Guard urges all to reconsider taking the dangerous and illegal voyage at sea. Our condolences go out to all affected by this tragedy."

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