11 dead, 31 rescued after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Authorities in Puerto Rico say 11 people have died and 31 others have been rescued after a boat carrying suspected migrants capsized near an uninhabited island close to the U.S. territory.

The Coast Guard said Thursday that rescue efforts are still underway.

A Coast Guard spokesman says it isn’t clear how many people were aboard the boat when it turned over.

The incident is the latest in a string of capsizings across the region as migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic flee violence and poverty in their countries.