Deadly voyages devastate Haitian island of Ile de la Tortue

  • Emerson Opsaint, 4, lost his father Remy Opsaint, 32, who died aboard a boat that ran aground off of the Bahamas in November of 2013. Emerson lives with his mom, Elmika Castin, and her six other children on Île de la Tortue where deadly sea voyages have touched almost everyone living there. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An elderly woman gathers with fellow islanders on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast where desperation trumps the risks of taking a voyage that might ultimately get Haitians to the U.S. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A young man does some repair work to his boat as it sits on the shoreline of Ile de la Tortue, just off Haiti’s north shore. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Elmika Castin, 27, center, holding her 8-month-old daughter Sofia, lost her husband Remy Opsaint and six family members aboard a boat that ran aground off of the Bahamas in November. She is surrounded by family including daughter Vasty, 14, left, sister Rachel Castin and Elmika’s son Emerson, 4. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jonel Orelien, 17, cruises aboard a sloop on the waters between mainland Haiti and Ile de la Tortue. Jonel was aboard a similar boat in November that ran aground and capsized off the Bahamas where more than 30 people died. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Evenio Alexandre, 65, reflects on the deadly sea voyages that mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A young boy rests while playing in a boat being built by Wilson Alexis, 57, as it sits on the shore of Ile de la Tortue, an island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A crew member guides a small skiff along the coast where deadly sea voyages seem to mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Evenio Alexandre, 65, reflects on the deadly sea voyages that mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, an sland on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Evenio Alexandre, 65, reflects on the deadly sea voyages that mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, an island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Youngsters play soccer along the shoreline of Ile de la Tortue, Haiti. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A boat being built by Wilson Alexis, 57, sits on the shore where of Ile de la Tortue, Haiti. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A boat being built by Wilson Alexis, 57, sits on the shore of Ile de la Tortue, Haiti. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Passengers and crew laugh aboard a sloop on the waters between mainland Haiti and Ile de la Tortue. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sagesse-Fils Loriston, front, is a town official known as a CASEC on Ile de la Tortue. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The skeletal hull of a boat being built by Wilson Alexis, 57, sits on the shore of Ile e de la Tortue, the rustic iisland on Haiti's northern coast, which is a launching point for migrants trying to leave the iisland for the U.S. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A broken doll lies near the shoreline where it seems deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, Haiti. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Major, 29, has tried to leave Ile de la Tortue three times. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A woman gathers with fellow islanders on Ile de la Tortue, Haiti. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Deadly sea voyages mar almost everyone living on Ile de la Tortue, a rustic island on Haiti's northern coast. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF