Three dead, seven rescued off coast of southern Florida

By Michelle Kapusta,

At least three people are dead, seven have been rescued and two are still missing after a boat capsized off the coast of southern Florida.

According to CNN, a Dutch naval vessel, headed towards Key West, alerted the U.S. Coast Guard when it came across an overturned boat on Thursday. After the seven were rescued from the water they found the bodies of the three deceased.

The Dutch sailors aboard the Zealand noted that they saw “a capsized 24-foot center console vessel with seven suspected migrants atop the hull.”

The Coast Guard has not yet confirmed where the people on board the small boat were headed or where they were coming from.

The New York Daily News has reported that the vessel was discovered 75 miles northeast of West Palm and that a boat, like the one that capsized, is usually used for sport fishing.

News of the rescue broke via social media, CNN notes.

An extensive search is underway for those still missing at sea.



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