4 dead, 10 in custody after boat capsizes off Florida coast


Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Four people are dead and 10 others are in custody after a boat with more than a dozen people aboard capsized overnight in the waters off South Florida.

The Coast Guard says the bodies of four women were recovered from the water and nine Haitian and Jamaican nationals were found clinging to the hull of the boat.

A 10th person was taken by boat to Miami Beach, where he was treated at a hospital and released.

The Coast Guard says all 10 survivors have been taken into custody as authorities investigate whether they were part of a human smuggling operation.

Migrants from Haiti, Cuba and other Caribbean countries routinely attempt to enter the U.S. illegally by reaching Florida's coast in overloaded or unseaworthy vessels.

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126-a-15-(Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque (LA'-bur-dehsk), spokeswoman,, in AP interview)-"possible additional survivors"-Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque says authorities are investigating the people from the boat as well as the accident. ((watch for dating)) (16 Oct 2013)

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127-a-10-(Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque (LA'-bur-dehsk), spokeswoman, U.S. Coast Guard, in AP interview)-"itself was removed"-Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque didn't have a lot of information about the boat, but says investigators are taking a very close look at it. (16 Oct 2013)

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125-a-05-(Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque (LA'-bur-dehsk), spokeswoman,, in AP interview)-"Coast Guard custody"-Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque says not much is known yet about the people who were aboard the boat. (16 Oct 2013)

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