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BVI police: 4 bodies found washed up on shore

BVI police: 4 bodies found washed up on shore

The decomposed bodies of four apparent migrants have washed up on the rocky shore of a sparsely inhabited island, police said Thursday.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force said the four men were likely part of a group of illegal Haitian migrants who were detained on Salt Island and Cooper Island nearly two weeks ago. Sixteen Haitians detained on Jan. 3 after apparently being dropped off by smugglers have since been repatriated.
A Haitian passport was recovered near the scattered bodies on the southern shore of Salt Island, just south of the capital of this wealthy British archipelago, police said in a statement.
The British territory's coroner and pathologist were investigating the cause of death.
Thousands of Haitians take to the sea on flimsy boats each year, heading toward the United States or other Caribbean countries to escape grinding poverty in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.


Updated : 2021-02-25 23:54 GMT+08:00