The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for survivors after a boat from Cuba capsized off the coast of the Florida Keys earlier this week.
Local10.com reports that the boat’s occupants left on Sunday from Puerto de Mariel, Cuba. The boat, which was carrying approximately 20 passengers, capsized on Wednesday.
The Coast Guard has rescued eight people and found the bodies of two others. They continue to search for approximately 10 remaining people who are currently missing at sea.
#BREAKING @USCG assets rescued 8 people and recovered 2 bodies from the water at approximately 1 p.m., Thursday, 18 miles southwest of #KeyWest. #USCG assets are currently searching for another 10 possible people in the water.
More updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/YbqEh9FxIL
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast)
May 27, 2021
Key West Command Center supervisor Senior Chief Seth Haynes said that the Coast Guard will continue to search through Thursday night for the missing passengers.
The Coast Guard initially discovered the distressed vessel while on routine patrol. It deployed numerous assets in the search and rescue mission, including at least three helicopters.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reportedly assisting the Coast Guard and the search and rescue mission.
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