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NAGUA, Dominican Republic.- Three bodies have been recovered thus far Sunday night of a group of 95 undocumented travelers whose boat sank early yesterday near the beach at Matancita, Nagua (north).

The authorities identified the three as Jose Augusto Polanco, 35, Edwin Frannier de la Cruz, 27, and Pedro Ramirez.

The survivors Pedro Castellano, Fermín Valerio and Margarita Perdomo said they complained to the “captain” of the yola type boat felt overloaded with the 80 people onboard, but were told that there wouldn’t be any problems and that he was expecting 15 more still, on a smaller boat out to sea.

They said a high surge overturned the yola just several minutes after leaving the beach and hit what they presume was a reef and broke apart.

They added that while some managed to swim ashore, most of them disappeared, the majority young women and who paid as much as 30,000 pesos in advance one month ago.


Diani Santiago, wife of Pedro Ramirez Sanchez, one of the victims, inconsolably narrated the moment when her husband was about to leave Saturday night. “He said to me: My love I’m going to Puerto Rico, because we must change; I said to him: don’t go, don’t leave us on our own, and he responded to me that he had to do it. He left and drowned.”

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31 comment(s)
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 5 Dec 2011 9:02 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Its a sad day.
Written by: Yucahu, 5 Dec 2011 10:29 AM
From: United States, Miami
We'lll have to send the Cuban, Chinese and Pakistani embassies condolences too.
Written by: xwill7, 5 Dec 2011 10:57 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Stay in DR! It's better to be poor and alive than to die at sea! Sad day for all
Written by: Visitor, 5 Dec 2011 11:08 AM
From: Netherlands Antilles, San Maarten
This is really SAD,,,No one should have to go through this, BUT unfortunately it happens everyday and everywhere,,,even in my Country,,,May their souls rest in peace...RIP....and to the many families, May God guide you accordingly....

To the comments before; You're right when you said, Stay in the DR try to work harder and make something out of your lives,,,it pays,it's often time better, the DR is a beautiful Country, some Rum brugal with Coconut water, and the rivers,,,mmmmmmm

But regardless, it's a sad bay...God bless.
Written by: PRTreat10, 5 Dec 2011 11:15 AM
From: United States
People in DR should realize that there are no jobs in Puerto Rico at the moment. Puerto Rico's unemployment rate is higher than the U.S. Stay in DR you are better off to be poor & alive than taking a chance to go to an Island that right now has no jobs not even for undocumented people. Most of theses people who are traveling illegaly to PR must not be educated but the DR people should be educating them not to come to PR at this point in time. Sad story.
Written by: RoyStone, 5 Dec 2011 11:26 AM
From: Australia
Desperation, stupidity and callous greed - a lethal combination.

Don't waste your time praying for their souls. Address the conditions that drove them to such a desperate act, and punish the criminals who exploited them.
Written by: PENJO, 5 Dec 2011 11:28 AM
From: United States
PERTeat10 That is so true! I want to change for a brief moment and say that: These events should be attributed to the illed management of the country. Loss of lives like this should rest in the hand and conscience of Dominican Officials. A lot of headline news of this partnership and that, and in the end no jobs no resources for the people. It seems that the entire population has lost their sense of pride for what it Dominican or what they have down there and just dream of that castle in the air called the United States or New York). Extremely sad situation.

For all those families mourning their lost ones wishing them that God give them strenght to endure their pain.
Written by: baldoria23, 5 Dec 2011 11:31 AM
From: United States, Washington
Truly sad. On multiple levels... But the most upsetting is that despite growth in such sectors as telecom, tourism and banking, and new resorts in the southeast people are still sooo destitute and miserable that they risk their lives on a yola.

Truly sad when you have vincinis, corripios, et al, continuing to monopolize the country's resources.

so sad, but instead of lamenting let's demand change. let's stop the corrupt politicians who are out to nrich themselves and protect the interests of the elite and foreign investors. What does it matter if we get more FDI, if people are still starving?

We need n Occupy DR movement to try to push for more investment in social services and the public sphere.
Written by: PENJO, 5 Dec 2011 11:38 AM
From: United States
An Occupy DR or something! I just don't know where to start simply because it seems that this sense of surrender, Lost hope of the people appears to have turned into a norm. Attached to that is the general corruption and stripping of resources in the country.
Perhaps and Occupy DR and take those responsible to a world tribunal. Probably at the moment some of them are arrested tried and convicted in a world tribunal perhaps others will think twice.
It should start now.
Written by: RoyStone, 5 Dec 2011 11:40 AM
From: Australia
This event occurred just offshore, most of 95 people drowned days ago but only 3 bodies recovered so far? Something doesn't add up.
Written by: xwill7, 5 Dec 2011 12:16 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
I know alot of people in DR that don't have the greatest money, but they have no mortgage and they can enjoy the rivers and beaches with a bottle of rum and great food...

Wait I forgot that everyone wants the big jipeta
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 5 Dec 2011 12:45 PM
From: United States
it is so sad, as Baldoria says, that these things continue to happen. RoyStone hit the nail , squarely on the head, when he looked at it as a three headed hydra of maladies.
Written by: Escott, 5 Dec 2011 1:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
While I agree with some the problem is the Government keeps the people down with No electric, no water, no health institutions and NO EDUCATION the people have their daily lives to worry about more than Occupy DR. That is why it won't happen. The government does this on Purpose to keep the people down.
Written by: RoyStone, 5 Dec 2011 2:35 PM
From: Australia
I think you are overstating the government's culpability in this. People in the barrios get free reticulated water, almost free electricity, heavily subsidized gas, free hospital care, and pay no municipal rates or income tax. Kids get free education, including free uniforms and a meal. Sure the electricity is internment, the water undrinkable and the education sub-standard, but what should you expect for nothing? Overpopulation is not the government's fault as they provide free contraception. The mother alone chooses to have kids she can't afford.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 5 Dec 2011 2:39 PM
From: United States
RoyStone, the problem of population growth is the major issue we have to face. when population grows faster than job creation, i do not need to tell you what is next. i am familiar with so many examples of girls with two or three kids, no job, no steady residence, a;ways looking for a handout, and getting pregnant, one more time. that is THEIR fault.
Written by: Adrian29630, 5 Dec 2011 3:16 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera
@ RoyStone

Your comment the overpopulation is not the governments fault as they provide free contraception is an oversimplification. The lack of education results in not understanding basic economics, that babies cost money and incur lifelong responsibilities and expense. It also means that they don't understand contraception and can't read the literature or notices explaining what it is and where and how to get it. Free condoms are frequently "sold" not given away as they are meant to be.

An educated society understands their responsibilities and budgets and plans their families accordingly. Here it seems many girls have a child in the vain hope that the father will then take care of them and their child. Most of course don't and abandon both to fend for themselves.

Apart from that what else is there to do when the lights go out in the evening and there is no T.V. to watch!
Written by: Concatchero, 5 Dec 2011 3:30 PM
From: Dominican Republic

I think that the attitude/culture towards women as second rate citizens needs to change. I do not blame the women alone for this as you and I know that the culture makes them sub-servient to men here. I think that the Govt should spend more money on education and contraception for women to empower them to do the family planning that men are incapable or unwilling to do. I know there are lots of dogs here. Two/three women per man here is normal. Once the girl gets pregnant they get dumped because the men cannot face their responsibilities. The reason women (single moms) are so poor is because men dumped them in this position. So do not blame overpopulation on women's backs. If men cannot find jobs, do you think that a women has a better chance... That is why so many turn to prostitution... That is all they have! Good people were duped and died taking a chance for believing in a better future. There are the facts; there lies the sadness.I do enjoy your posts!
Written by: HaitianSensation, 5 Dec 2011 4:04 PM
From: Haiti, NJ
The things WE do in order to survive.... Condoleances to all HISPANIOLIANS who ever suffered or know someone that was hurt in similar incidents.
Written by: yumnuk3, 5 Dec 2011 5:10 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back ø„¸¨°º¤ø„¸¸„ø¤º°¨¸„ø¤º°¨

Many of our brothers and sisters have been devastated by recent horrific economic times which have led many of them to deal with hardships that must of us will never truly understand. I am very sorry to hear about the loss. Please accept our deepest condolences.

May this memory be eternal. R.I.P my fellow Quisqueyanos valientes.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 5 Dec 2011 8:00 PM
From: United States
Concatchero reminds

So do not blame overpopulation on women's backs.

it takes two to tango, i admit. however, they are the gatekeepers to their genitals, and, as a result, are the most likely to get the lion´s share of the blame.
Written by: RoyStone, 5 Dec 2011 8:44 PM
From: Australia
With the contraceptive pill, or contraceptive injection (both available free from the government clinic), a woman has total and absolute authority over her fertility.

Yet the idea that somehow, like winning at the banca, Jesus decides when it is her turn to have a baby, and that regardless of the fact that she has no job, no money and no husband, Jesus will ensure that she and the baby are provided for. There are plenty of passages in the Bible that promote this view, which seems to override the blatantly obvious fact that Jesus doesn't give a damn.
Written by: the_haitian, 5 Dec 2011 11:30 PM
From: United States, west orange new jersey
I think some of the problem from us living abroad. We go back to our country and lie about what we have. And the money we spend going to the bars like we are some kind of hefe . We don't tell them how hard life is sometime. Its not paradise but smoke and mirrors. Stop showing off. To the famillies of the ppl in the. May they in turn find peace.
Written by: RoyStone, 6 Dec 2011 12:27 AM
From: Australia
People are sick of your bull@hit here. Debate me on a DT forum if you dare. You know I'll beat you, you are an intellectual midget. otherwise, flush-off, turd.
Written by: lmartinez, 6 Dec 2011 11:15 AM
From: United States, NYC
porque hacen esto , yo soy dominicano y nunca pensaria vivir en otra tierra que no sea rd . que pena tantas gentes no sabe lo que hacen , me duele tanto como si fueran todos mis familias y los son . :(
Written by: RoyStone, 6 Dec 2011 11:24 AM
From: Australia
It seems none have life-jackets, and couldn't swim, but were confident Jesus would answer their prayers (helped with interesedence fro St Christopher) and they would arrive safely.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 6 Dec 2011 1:37 PM
From: United States
BlogHaHaHa assures

Dominican Republic is still a paradise , these people I guess wished they could ve stayed in their country and enjoy life , but when you need a pay cheque you sometime have to do what you gotta do

maybe you should have told that to the people who were getting on this yola.
Written by: RoyStone, 6 Dec 2011 1:46 PM
From: Australia
If they had no money, who paid the 30,000 Pesos per ticket?
Written by: Delacruz, 7 Dec 2011 12:16 PM
From: United States
it sad to said we as human are very quick to judge others because we are not in their shoes. dr like many 3 world contry it going and has been going through rough times. we that dont live there think of dr as a paradise (which it is) but going to visit its not the same as been there. it hard enoughto find a job in the usa (nation capitol) now picture that for dominicans. everyone makes decissions every day (maybe good or bad). like every place we are face with over population and economic problems.
just because this happen doesnt mean that we should be pointing fingers (if so who are we to point fingers at anyone).
@roystone- i hope that you never lose one of your family member and people like you began to critise your resons. in the mean while i will grief my uncle in the only i can. and if extressing your self this way makes you sleep at night :-/
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Dec 2011 7:08 PM
From: Australia
Thanks, BlogHaHaHa,
I just received your personal message. I was so impressed with its sheer brilliance, I have taken the liberty of posting it here verbatim so everyone can enjoy and be in awe of your wit and literary skills:

"@RoyStone Eat your s smelly C...nt Hahahahahhahahaha Yes indeed we slaughtered the white pos and send running back to Europe And we f........d your sisters and mothers that s why you have DR all mixed Hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaha "
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 8 Dec 2011 7:31 PM
From: United States
´Now then , Roy, there is a Nobel Prze candidate to add to the short list.
Written by: FedericoD, 8 Dec 2011 7:43 PM
From: Canada
'Don't go ... don't leave us on our own' ... absolutely heart breaking ... again and again ...
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