20 people were found dead in a boat drift in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos — According to Turks and Caicos authorities, a boat is drifting about a mile from Grand Turk, with 20 dead, including two children on board. There is.

Authorities said investigators have ruled out fraud but are still trying to determine what happened. The identity and source of the dead were also under investigation.

The fisherman found a small boat on Thursday morning and warned the sea branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police towed the boat.

Police correspondent Takara Bain said in a news release that investigators have downplayed fraud and are considering other possibilities without revealing details.

Police Secretary Trevor Botting said the boat appeared to have come from outside the Caribbean and authorities did not consider the Turks and Caicos Islands to be their destination.

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

The Turks and Caicos Islands are often attractive to desperate Haitians trying to flee a country suffering from poverty, and the territory has also been used as a transshipment point by traffickers.

In June 2020, Srikajamukam Chelliah, a Canadian citizen born in Sri Lanka, was convicted of trafficking in front of a Turkish and Caikos judge and sentenced to 14 months in prison. He was handed over to Florida and sentenced to imprisonment for conspiring to smuggle people into the United States between February 24 and 32 months.

Chelliah was caught in August 2019, skipping a boat carrying 158 people, including 28 Sri Lankans. They told investigators that they should head to the United States.

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