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Passenger boat capsizes off Haiti

11 July 09 21:43 GMT

Five people are dead and dozens are missing after a 9-metre (30-ft) boat capsized off Haiti, officials said, revising an earlier toll of six deaths.

Rescuers saved 26 people and a search is continuing for the others aboard the vessel, which emergency services believe may have been overloaded.

The boat was reportedly en route from Anse a Pitre to the southern city of Jacmel when it overturned.

Survivors were taken to a hospital in Jacmel, AFP news agency reports.

Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti's civil protection agency, said some 60 people had been aboard the boat when the accident happened between the towns of Belle-Anse and Marigot.

The local rescue coordinator, Jean-Michel Sabbat, told AFP the boat was old and may have been overloaded with passengers and goods.

Local authorities and the UN mission in Haiti were helping with the search and were requesting help from local fishermen, Ms Jean-Baptiste added.

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