A boat with 20 decomposing bodies was found near the British Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies. This was reported by the authorities of the islands, reports The Republic.
A fisherman noticed the ship off the island of Grand Turk; he reported it to the police. According to law enforcement agencies, two of the 20 victims were children. The identities of the deceased are being investigated.
Local police spokeswoman Takara Bain said that the causes of the deaths have not yet been established. According to her, the option of violent death is not being considered. It is assumed that the boat arrived in the area of the British Overseas Territories from the Caribbean region. According to investigators, the Turks and Caicos Islands were not the final destination of the victims.
According to the publication, residents of Haiti often cross to the British Isles because of the difficult economic situation in the country. Also, the Turks and Caicos Islands were previously used as a transit point by criminals accused of the slave trade.
Such an incident is not the first in this region. On May 29, it was reported that a ship with 14 bodies washed up on the shores of the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. The boat was discovered by fishermen on the morning of May 28 near the city of Belle Garden. They became interested in a strange floating vehicle, pulled it ashore, and contacted the police and the coast guard.