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40 Dead After Boat Sinks Near Dominican Republic Coast

Relatives of passengers of an immigrant boat that capsized last Saturday watch as rescue workers arrive at the beach with more bodies they picked up in the ocean, in Sabana de La Mar February 8, 2012.

At least 40 people are dead after a boat crowded with migrants sank in the waters off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, last week.

According to authorities, search crews recovered at least 20 more bodies Wednesday near the coast of Sabana de la Mar. The overloaded vessel sank last Saturday during a voyage to Puerto Rico.

At least a dozen passengers were rescued from the disaster, which officials say is the Caribbean nation's worst maritime accident in memory.

Dominican migrants routinely crowd rickety boats and illegally sail to Puerto Rico to escape economic hardship.

Video footage from the scene