3 dead and 7 rescued after boat capsizes; 2 still missing
Photo courtesy: United States Coast Guard
MIAMI (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a search for two people after a vessel capsized about 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach. The two who are missing are part of a larger group of people believed to be migrants.
A Royal Netherlands Navy ship first came across the capsized 24-foot boat around noon on Thursday, while en route to Key West. The Dutch navy crew members contacted the Coast Guard for assistance before rescuing seven people from aboard the capsized vessel. Officials say three bodies were recovered from within the hull.
The Coast Guard Cutter Etheridge and an HC-130 were diverted to the scene. The Coast Guard Cutter Etheridge is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter homeported in Miami. The HC-130 aircrew is stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.