Death in the Morning

A boatload of Haitian refugees founders in the Florida surf

It was near dawn and La Nativité, a rickety 30-ft. wooden sailboat crammed with 63 Haitian refugees, was bobbing to ward the Florida coast near Fort Lauderdale. Winds of up to 30 m.p.h. lashed the sea, and waves as high as 5 ft. swept over the homemade vessel. Less than 60 yds. from land, La Nativité was suddenly swamped and its passengers spilled into the sea. Only when survivors, dazed and tearful, were spotted wandering the high way near the wealthy town of Hillsboro Beach...

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