TravelGuides – 20 people, including 2 children, found dead on boat drifting in Turks and Caicos

TravelGuides – 20 individuals, including 2 kids, found dead on boat drifting in Turks and Caicos

A boat was found drifting a couple of mile off Grand Turk island with 20 dead individuals on board, including two kids, authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands stated Sunday.  

Officials stated investigators had dominated out foul play however have been nonetheless attempting to find out what occurred. The identities and origin of the dead have been additionally beneath investigation.

Fishermen noticed the small boat Thursday morning and alerted the marine department of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, who towed the vessel ashore.

The police communications officer, Takara Bain, stated in a information launch that investigators had discounted foul play and have been taking a look at different potentialities, with out giving any specifics.

Police Commissioner Trevor Botting stated the boat appeared to have come from exterior the Caribbean and authorities didn’t suppose it had the Turks and Caicos as its vacation spot.

“My investigators are working to establish their identities and how they met their death,” Botting stated.

The Turks and Caicos are sometimes a magnet for determined Haitians in search of to flee that poverty-stricken nation and the territory additionally has been used as a transshipment level by human traffickers.

In June 2020, Sri Lanka-born Canadian citizen Srikajamukam Chelliah pleaded responsible to human trafficking costs earlier than a Turks and Caicos choose and was sentenced to 14 months in jail. He was extradited to Florida and sentenced Feb. 24 to 32 months in jail for conspiring to smuggle individuals into the United States.

Chelliah had been caught in August 2019 skippering a boat carrying 158 individuals, including 28 Sri Lankans. They instructed investigators they have been sure for the United States.

Locator map of Turks and Caicos Islands
Map of Turks and Caicos Islands.

Locator map of Turks and Caicos Islands. (Photo by: Encyclopaedia Britannica/Universal Images Group through Getty Images)/Locator map of Turks and Caicos Islands. (Photo by: Encyclopaedia Britannica/Universal Images Group through Getty Images)


TravelGuides – 20 individuals, including 2 kids, found dead on boat drifting in Turks and Caicos