The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for dozens of migrants who are now feared dead off the South Florida coast.
WSVN.com reports that the Coast Guard suspended its search and rescue operations on Thursday after finding four additional bodies while searching for the missing migrants.
The sole survivor of a capsized boat off Florida’s coast has been identified as a Colombian man who was traveling with his younger sister, who did not survive. https://t.co/safXnYC7iG— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 28, 2022
In all, authorities have now located five bodies from the fated voyage, and have located one survivor.
“We have saturated the area over and over again,” she told a news conference. “We’ve had good visibility. … We’ve overflown the vessel a number of times. … It does mean we don’t think it’s likely that anyone else has survived,” said Coast Guard Capt. Jo-Ann F. Burdian according to WSVN.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security suspect that the deaths may have been a part of the human trafficking operation.