After noting that another 10 possible people could still be missing and stuck in the water, the Coast Guard said in a later post after 9:30 p.m. that “assets will continue searching throughout the night.”
“The survivors reported they left Puerto de Mariel, Cuba, Sunday and capsized sometime Wednesday evening. The survivors currently remain aboard a Coast Guard cutter where they will receive food, water and basic medical attention,” the Coast Guard said in a news release.
The boat carrying the migrants has not been found, and officials were unable to confirm what type of boat overturned or where the passengers were traveling from, NBC News reported.
“There was no vessel. The people were found in the water,” Petty Officer Jose Hernandez told the New York Times.
Two cutters and a group of smaller boats from the Coast Guard’s Key West Station were involved in the search and rescue effort, as well as a Navy aircraft, officials told the outlet.
Hernandez also told the New York Times the search was for “10 possible people still in the water.”
Sheriff Rick Ramsay of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office told the outlet information about the incident was still limited and that detectives were assisting with the investigation. He said 20 Cubans were initially on board the boat that sank.
The Washington Examiner contacted the USCG but did not immediately receive a response.
Author : Kaelan Deese