20 People Missing on Boat From Bahamas to Florida – Coast Guard Calls Off Search

The United States Coast Guard has announced that it is suspending its search for a boat carrying 20 people from Bimini, Bahamas to Lake Worth, Florida.

People.com reports that the Coast Guard’s search reportedly covered 17,000 square miles over three and a half days, and employed various maritime and air assets including Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircrew.

The Coast Guard began its search after one of the passenger’s family members reported the vessel missing after not receiving a call from the passenger to indicate that the vessel had safely arrived at its destination.

In a statement, Petty Officer Third Class Jose Hernandez said “At this time, the suspension just means that we’re focusing on other cases until we do get more information, then we’ll search for this particular vessel and people.”

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