2 die as migrant boat sinks off Mexico

13 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

MEXICO CITY: A small boat carrying African migrants off the coast of southern Mexico sank Friday, leaving two people dead and one missing, authorities said, reports AFP.

The boat was traveling off the southern border state of Chiapas when it listed to one side, pitching its occupants into the water, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

A 39-year-old man was found dead, it added, washed up on the shore. A second body was later located a few hundred metres from the first.

A search operation “managed to rescue eight migrants alive,” the prosecutor’s office said, adding one person was still missing.