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New discoveries raise Dominican migrant toll to 41


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic say the death toll from the sinking of a boat carrying migrants has risen to 41.

The intelligence director of the Dominican Republic's navy says 20 bodies were found late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Luis Castro said Wednesday that crews expect to find more bodies this week.

Officials earlier thought that more people had survived Saturday's accident and went into hiding because they had found no more bodies.

Seventy people were aboard the boat that capsized off the Dominican coast. Crews have rescued 13 people. Castro says that one of them will be arrested after leaving the hospital because he is suspected of helping organize the voyage.

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