At least 38 dead in Haitian shipwreck off Cuba

Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:49pm EST

HAVANA (Reuters) – At least 38 people died on Saturday when a boat carrying Haitian migrants sunk off the coast of Guantanamo province in far eastern Cuban, Cuban television reported.

It said 87 people, including seven women, were rescued after Cuban civil defense forces spotted the boat 100 meters off Punta Maisi, which is about 600 miles southeast of Havana.

There were no details on possible cause of the accident or the destination of the boat, but search and rescue efforts were still underway, the report said.

The dead included 21 men and 17 women, it said.

(Reporting by Nelson Acosta; editing by Jeff Franks)

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