Haiti ferry capsize kills 5

2009-07-12 17:35

Port-au-Prince - A ferry capsized off Haiti's southern coast on Saturday morning, killing at least five people. Authorities said it wasn't clear how many people were on board, but as many as two dozen could be missing.

Officials had initially said six people were known dead, but later lowered the figure.

Civil protection official Jean-Michel Sabbat said the search was suspended late on Saturday afternoon and will resume on Sunday.

He said the boat overturned en route from Anse a Pitre, near the border with the Dominican Republic, to the southern peninsula city of Jacmel.

Twenty-two survivors were rescued. Sabbat said rough estimates indicated that perhaps as many as 60 people were aboard the vessel.

Officials could not immediately say what kind of boat it was or what caused it to overturn.