Five missing after boat carrying 15 capsizes off Florida Keys, Coast Guard says

According to U.S. Coast Guard officials, eight individuals were saved after the boat they were on capsized south of Sugarloaf Key, leaving two people dead.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel said that two people were found dead and eight survivors had been saved from the waters off the Florida Keys.
Authorities stated they were still looking for five other persons who were still in the water.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that the 15 persons were aboard “a rustic sailboat on an illegal voyage” and that they were all likely migrants.
Rescuers were alerted to the migrants’ plight at 10 a.m. when the boat capsized about 14 miles south of Sugarloaf Key, according to the military unit.
It was unclear where they had come from. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials, was one of the agencies that responded to the emergency.
Rob Brisley, a spokesman for CBP, wrote in an email that “this incident off the shore of the Lower Keys remains under investigation.” CBP says it has nothing further to say.
According to the Coast Guard, passengers on a cruise ship saved one migrant. Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas may be seen in a picture of the incident that was shared by the organisation on Friday.
Other good samaritans and Coast Guard “associated agencies” in the region also performed rescues, according to a statement released Friday evening.

Officers from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation retrieved the corpses from the sea and took them to a nearby medical examiner’s office for identification, according to the Coast Guard.

Six of the eight people who were rescued required immediate medical attention, it said, while two were “in good health.” Their circumstances weren’t available.
The greatest exodus from the island nation since the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980 is currently taking place in the waters off the southern coast of Florida, which are well known for being a route for Cuban immigration to the United States.
According to experts, immigration to the United States is being pushed into the Straits of Florida by political unrest and economic hardship, including inflation and a shortage of necessities.
It’s a trek that frequently results in fatalities, made on rafts, dinghies, and other improvised flotation equipment.
According to Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar of the Miami Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, 108 Cuban migrants have been detained in the past two days in 12 landings in the Florida Keys.
CBP said last month that 23 migrants were saved in the waters outside Marathon, Florida, by its agents working with the Coast Guard. 38 Cubans who were trapped on the far-flung Florida Keys islands in June were rescued by CBP, the Coast Guard, and local law enforcement organisations, according to a CHP statement.
According to a statement from the Coast Guard, Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, who oversees operations in the southeast, Cuban migrants are frequently discovered at sea without life jackets “in unseaworthy or overloaded boats and improvised rafts.”
He stated, “Our hunt for further survivors of this horrific catastrophe is ongoing. This circumstance “highlights the dangers these migrants endure when trying to enter the United States by sea illegally.”

 

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