Coast Guard Searching for 16 People Missing Off the Coast of Florida

Wire Service
By Wire Service
February 13, 2021USshare
Coast Guard Searching for 16 People Missing Off the Coast of Florida
A capsized boat lies sunken in the water on Feb. 12, 2021 approximately 20 miles south of Fort Pierce, Florida. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard via Petty Officer 3rd Class Martin Hood)

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for 16 people missing off the coast of Florida from two different boats.

The first search began after a man was rescued from the water by a good Samaritan Friday, two days after his boat capsized. The man was found about 23 miles off the coast of Fort Pierce, according to USCG Southeast.

The Coast Guard responded and took the man, a Jamaican national, to a hospital.

The man told the Coast Guard he and six others were in a boat that capsized Wednesday. The boat departed from Bimini, Bahamas.

The second search involves a “6-foot makeshift vessel” that went missing off the coast of Key West, the Coast Guard said. The vessel departed Havana, Cuba, Friday with 10 people on board.

A spokesperson for USCG told CNN it’s unclear why the vessel went missing.

The Coast Guard deployed search planes and multiple boats to search for survivors.

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