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Boat carrying Jamaicans, Haitians capsizes off Miami, four killed

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2013 | 12:19 PM


The United States Coast Guard said that at least four people died and 11 more were rescued after a power boat reportedly carrying Haitian and Jamaican migrants capsized off Miami today.

The Coast Guard said crew members from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida rescued the survivors “clinging to a hull seven nautical miles east of Miami”.

It said watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report at about 1 a.m. from a Miami-Dade County 911 dispatch of the capsized vessel “and launched a boat crew from Station Miami Beach and an MH-65 helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami to respond”.

The Coast Guard said the survivors were “clinging to the hull of the overturned vessel.

“One of the survivors was medically evacuated to Station Miami Beach, where emergency medical services awaited,” the Coast Guard said.

It said a Miami Sheriff’s Office air asset is searching alongside the Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Miami for more survivors.

The dead passengers were found in the water, the Coast Guard said.

The Miami Herald newspaper reported that several of the people from Haiti and Jamaica were tossed into the water, and one man was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center for treatment and that others had been taken into custody.

However, there is conflicting information about whether more people were aboard the boat.

The 25-foot white boat, with a missing center console, has been towed to a marina dry dock, because it has a leak and is in danger of sinking.


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