Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World

Dozens of people missing after boat capsizes off Florida: US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard launched a search for 39 people reported missing when a boat capsized off the coast of Florida.

A US Coast Guard image released on January 25, 2022, shows a capsized vessel approximately 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida
A US Coast Guard image released on January 25, 2022, shows a capsized vessel approximately 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida - Copyright AFP Aaron FRANCIS
A US Coast Guard image released on January 25, 2022, shows a capsized vessel approximately 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida - Copyright AFP Aaron FRANCIS

The US Coast Guard launched a search for 39 people reported missing when a boat capsized off the coast of Florida in a “suspected human smuggling venture,” it said Tuesday.

The Coast Guard in Miami said it had received a report “from a good Samaritan” who rescued a man “clinging to a capsized vessel approximately 45 miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet.”

The survivor said the boat had left Bimini in the Bahamas on Saturday night but encountered rough weather and capsized.

“According to the survivor, no one was wearing a life jacket,” the statement said.

“Coast Guard air and surface asset crews are actively searching for people in the water. This is a suspected human smuggling venture,” said the statement, which was posted on Twitter. 

An image released by the Coast Guard shows the capsized vessel in the water with a man sitting on top of the hull.

Human smugglers are known to use the Bahamas, a group of islands lying near the Florida coast, as a jumping off point for getting people, many from other Caribbean countries such as Haiti, into the United States.

Bimini, the westernmost district of the Bahamas and its closest point to the mainland, is approximately 130 miles (217 kilometers) from Fort Pierce Inlet.

AFP
Written By

With 2,400 staff representing 100 different nationalities, AFP covers the world as a leading global news agency. AFP provides fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the issues affecting our daily lives.

You may also like:

World

The hope is real enough. It’s just a matter of when.

Tech & Science

If a chocolate has 5 percent fat or 50 percent fat it will still form droplets in the mouth and that gives you the...

Business

British airline Flybe said Saturday it had ceased trading and all flights had been cancelled.

Tech & Science

The world does have enough rare earth minerals and other critical raw materials to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy.