HAVANA - At least 38 people were killed Saturday and another 87 were rescued following the sinking of a boat of Haitians near the coast in the east end of Cuba.
The half-submerged boat was spotted on the morning of December 24th Coast Guard Island about 100 meters east of the town of Punta de Maisi, located in Guantánamo Province approximately 950 kilometers east of the capital.
According to official information released by the National Headquarters of Civil Defense of Cuba and published by the newspaper Juventud Rebelde on its Web site, authorities recovered 38 bodies of men -21 and 17 women, 80 men and rescued and seven women.
The survivors, four of them minors, have been treated in international migrant camp located in Punta de Maisi.
Forces of the Cuban Red Cross and authorities continue to search the island in the area, reports said.