United States: 2 dead, 10 missing after boat capsizes off Florida

Two people died and 10 are still missing after a boat overturned 18 miles southwest of Key West, Florida.

The US Coast Guard rescued eight people Thursday afternoon around 1:00pm. Two bodies were discovered and crews are searching for a possible 10 people still missing.

When crews arrived on the scene there was no boat to be found, but those rescued said they were on a boat that flipped, said Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, USCG spokesperson.

The Coast Guard has two cutters and other units in the area performing search and rescue operations for the possibly 10 people still missing in the water, Hernandez said.

The eight survivors reported they left Puerto de Mariel, Cuba on Sunday and capsized sometime on Wednesday evening.

The survivors currently remain aboard a Coast Guard cutter where they will receive food, water and basic medical attention, a news release said.

“Our responders are focused on the search for survivors,” said Senior Chief Seth Haynes, Key West command center supervisor.

“We will continue to search through the night for those reported missing, and if any mariners see or hear anything, to render assistance if possible and contact the Coast Guard.”