Coast Guard Rescues 51 Migrants Near Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued 49 Haitian migrants and two Dominicans from a sinking boat off Puerto Rico's northwest coast.

Spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said Wednesday that crews are still looking for possible missing survivors.

He said the Coast Guard spotted the overloaded, 20-foot (6-meter) boat late Tuesday as migrants dumped buckets of water overboard to try and keep it afloat.

The boat was located near Mona Island, which lies in a treacherous passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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