Local inhabitants as well as ambulances scrambled to help people whose boat capsized on Oct. 30, 2021. Hoy Digital file photo.

At least 12 people were dead and 30 more rescued early Saturday morning after a boat with passengers and construction materials capsized near Haiti’s southern coast, Haitian officials said.

Eric Provost, director of Haiti’s Maritime and Navigation Service, said the boat had been too full when it overturned between the communes of Anse-a-Pitres and Marigot in the Southeast Department. 

When Provost  announced the deaths earlier Saturday, he said at least 12 were dead. Later, Prime Minister Ariel Henry released a statement of condolences on Twitter saying that at least 19 people were now dead.

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.