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Shipwreck in Haiti’s southern coast occurred due to negligence

Shipwreck in Haiti’s southern coast occurred due to negligence

Port-au-Prince, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) Director of Maritime and Navegation Service of Haiti, Eric Junior Prevost, confirmed that the shipwreck where 19 people were killed occurred due to this institution's agents' negligence, media reported on Monday.
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The sailboat Eclesias was covering the Marigot-Anse-Pitres route, in the southern coast of the country and foundered on Saturday with some 50 people on board, according to the most recent updates; 19 of them were killed and 30 survived.

The director criticized the irresponsible behavior of this institution’s employees, who allowed the excess boarding of the ship without minimum security measures. However, one of them defended himself at a local radio station on Sunday by claiming that he had warned the captain about excess baggage.

Prevost also said that legal action will be taken against the person in charge of the vessel for the fatal victims.

A few hours after the news broke, Prime Minister Ariel Henry sent his condolences to the victims’ families.

In the face of this new tragedy, which occurred in deplorable conditions, we would like to give the victims’ families and the survivors the government and local authority’s full support, Henry said.

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