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Dozens Remain Missing After Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Florida

The U.S. Coast Guard said one man was rescued and one body was recovered after a boat that appeared to be part of a human smuggling operation capsized in the Florida Straits with 40 people on board.

Yesterday, at about 8 in the morning, a commercial mariner notified the Sector Miami Command Center that they had located a capsized 25-foot vessel about 40 miles east of Fort Pierce, Fla. That good Samaritan, again, who is a commercial tug and barge, stopped and rescued a person off of the hull of that vessel, and kept him on board while he waited for a Coast Guard vessel who retrieved the person and transferred them ashore for medical care. The survivor reported leaving Bimini Saturday evening with 39 other people on board the vessel. The vessel capsized shortly after they departed due to severe weather in the area. The survivor was not wearing a life jacket and reported that no one else on board was wearing a life jacket. The survivor’s condition is stable. Crews have been searching throughout yesterday and throughout the night. We did recover one deceased body, who will be transferred ashore today in Fort Pierce, and we continue to search for other survivors. We do suspect that this is a case of human smuggling. This event occurred in a normal route for human smuggling from the Bahamas into the Southeast U.S. Homeland Security Investigations is leading the investigation of the facts and backgrounds into that component of this case. My focus remains on search and rescue.

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Dozens Remain Missing After Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Florida

By The Associated Press January 26, 2022

The U.S. Coast Guard said one man was rescued and one body was recovered after a boat that appeared to be part of a human smuggling operation capsized in the Florida Straits with 40 people on board.

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