posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 09:27 PM
Four Colombians have been found dead on the reefs off the coast of Aruba the last two days. They were trying to enter the island illegally by boat.
The captain of the boat has been charged with several counts of murder, because according to the lone surviving witness, he pushed the people out of
the boat some distance away from the coast of the island.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Four Colombians died and another sixteen were missing after a motorboat sank off Venezuela's coast, an official said
The boat was carrying 20 Colombian nationals who had entered Venezuela illegally and left Punto Fijo, some 350 kilometres east of Caracas, for Aruba
on Saturday, said Capt. Willmar Barrios, the Coast Guard commander in Punto Fijo.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Several times a week illegal immigrants try to enter our island illegally by boat, so they can come here to live and try to find a job. Tragedies
like this happen because the captains of the boats try to avoid being caught by coming too close to the Arubian coast. They throw the passengers out a
few hundred meters up to some kilometers away, and then they have two swim towards the shore. I hope that word of this gets out in Colombia and
Venezuela to avoid such tragedies, and to avoid more illegals trying to get to the island. They pay up to $200 or $300 just to reah to the island by
boat which is a great risk. The risks are drowning or getting caught by the authorities, which are either the Dutch coastguard or the Arubian police.
This has happened in the close proximity of two of the beaches where I have swam the most times of my life. There are reefs about 100 meters off the
coast that keep the rough water from coming in.
Furthermore there are some parts of the article that are not true. The boat did not sink, it's in custody and so is the captain and the survivor. And
like I said before, the captain is charged for murder after admitting to pushing the passengers out of the boat.
[edit on 16-3-2005 by TheBandit795]