At least 11 dead, 38 survivors rescued after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico; ‘mass rescue effort’ continues Friday

At least 11 people are dead and 38 survivors have been rescued after a makeshift boat loaded with suspected migrants capsized north of an island near Puerto Rico.

Ricardo Castrodad, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard’s San Juan sector, told USA TODAY on Friday a “mass rescue effort” including multiple agencies and search helicopters continued into Friday.

Of the 38 survivors, eight remain hospitalized, he said. Thirty-six of them are Haitian while two are Dominican Republic nationals, Castrodad added.

“We still hope to find additional survivors,” he said. “As the search efforts get prolonged, it is more difficult and more challenging, and the odds of finding someone alive will decrease over time. But our efforts right now are focused on finding any possible survivors.”

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