Turkey on Friday extended condolences to Haiti over a recent deadly shipwreck off the Haitian coast.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of several lives lost in Haiti on Aug. 20, 2020, as a result of a shipwreck due to adverse weather conditions,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We convey our condolences to the people and the Government of Haiti as well as to the relatives of those who lost their lives, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

At least 17 people, including women and children, died when the sailing boat they were on sank between Tortuga island and Saint-Louis-du-Nord port on Wednesday.

Shipwrecks are common off the coast of Haiti. The boats are usually of poor quality and overloaded.

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