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Coast Guard suspends search for missing boat passengers off Fort Pierce

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UPDATE: FORT PIERCE, Fla. — After several days of around-the-clock searching, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday it’s suspended the search for six missing boaters off the coast of Fort Pierce.

The Coast Guard said it received a call on Jan. 10 from a good Samaritan who had rescued a Jamaican national from a capsized boat about 23 miles east of Fort Pierce. But a second search and rescue continues off Key West for Cubans missing in the Florida Straits.

The survivor said there were six other people in the water. The boat had capsized after the group had departed from Bimini, Bahamas.

The Coast Guard used multiple rescue boats and helicopters to search for the missing boaters for nearly six days. However, the search was suspended at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard is still searching for 10, possibly migrants, who reportedly left Havana Sunday in a 6-foot “makeshift” vessel. The agency said it was searching the Key West area.

In early January, the Coast Guard ended its search for a boat carrying 20 passengers that went missing en route from the Bahamas to Lake Worth, Fla.

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The US Coast Guard continues to search for 16 missing people off the coast of South Florida.

Coast Guard officials say the boaters went missing in separate incidents off the coast of Florida.

One search began after a good Samaritan rescued a man from the ocean 23 miles east of Fort Pierce Friday and then alerted the Coast Guard, which took him to shore.

The survivor, a Jamaican national, told the Coast Guard that six others had also gone into the water after their boat capsized Wednesday en route from Bimini in the Bahamas.

A capsized boat lies sunken in the water February 12, 2021, approximately 20 miles east of Fort Pierce, Florida.

The Coast Guard also said it was searching for 10 people, possibly migrants, who reportedly left Havana Sunday in a 6-foot “makeshift” vessel. The agency said it was searching the Key West area.

In early January, the Coast Guard ended its search for a boat carrying 20 passengers that went missing en route from the Bahamas to Lake Worth, Fla.