BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Lynn University officials say they can't account for all 12 students and two faculty advisors who were on a relief mission in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Update, WED 5 PM: Sadly, national news reports earlier Wednesday stating all 14 university students and faculty had been found in good condition were not correct.
The rescue agency working for Lynn reports that evacuation helicopters left the Dominican Republic late this morning, headed to Haiti on our behalf.
Update, WED 9 AM: The organization told us some good news. A parent received a Tweet from a students saying all the students were alive and okay.
They are on a relief mission with the largest relief organization in the world, Food for the Poor. They were expected to return from Haiti on a Friday.
We are still waiting for official word before they can officially account for everyone's welfare, including word about the well being of the two faculty advisors.
If the students are in their hotel, they should be safe said a spokesperson with Food for the Poor. "We do know that they sustained damage; however, it's a very broad spread hotel, and it's very solid construction."
We are in constant contact with Lynn University, and we will bring you updates when had he become available.
Previously: A. 7.0 magnitude quake struck the impoverished island nation an hour after the group checked into their hotel in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.
The university heard from one student that could only account for half of the group. Phone communication into the island has been virtually wiped out.
Officials are waiting to hear from their faculty or more students before they can officially account for everyone's welfare.
The students were on a relief mission with Coconut Creek-based Food for the Poor, the largest relief organization in the world. They were expected to return from Haiti on Friday.
A Food for the Poor spokesman tells FOX 29 a parent told them the student's hotel had received some damage and it appeared everyone was accounted for, but the group is waiting for final word on everyone's whereabouts.
The students were being exposed to the third world country as part of their education. They were supposed to tour schools, hospitals and neighborhoods during their trip.