Three people were killed and 11 were detained last Saturday night when a makeshift boat capsized in the Caribbean, authorities said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in the Caribbean bureau said the makeshift vessel, called a “yola,” went under Saturday night with “approximately” 38 undocumented immigrants on board, according to a statement. Three drowned and 11 were detained by the Ramey Border Patrol. It is unclear what the status is of the other migrants.
Twenty-four passengers, all believed to be from the Dominican Republic, are still missing as of Monday morning.
The boat departed from the eastern shore of the Dominican Republic, making its way into an area described by one CBP official as “extremely treacherous.” The boat then capsized, scattering the passengers, most of whom have not been found.