Bodies of 4 men found floating off coast of Hollywood Beach

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - The Coast Guard Station in Ft. Lauderdale says the bodies of four men were found about 20 nautical miles off the coast of Hollywood Beach on Sunday.

The Coast Guard updated that information Sunday night after reporting earlier that the bodies were of three men and one woman.

Sunday night, a spokesperson with the Coast Guard said the bodies had been brought ashore, but the medical examiner has not yet identified them.

The Coast Guard says some fishermen came across two of the bodies floating in the water around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

When crews responded to the area, a Coast Guard spokesperson says investigators also found the bodies of two other men within a few hours on the water.

With the help of the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Coast Guard searched throughout the day in the water and in the air for any debris, swimmers or bodies.

As of Sunday night, investigators found no other clues to determine what happened to these people.

"There was debris out there, but there was no debris that we were able to directly correlate to these individuals. Based on the clothing they were wearing and the lack of any type of vessel, we just can't make a determination as to where these four individuals came from," said Petty Officer Ryan Doss with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard has almost ruled out the possibility that the people were on an overdue vessel, saying it is likely they were migrants trying to come ashore.

The Coast Guard will keep marine units on the water throughout Sunday night and resume air searches Monday morning.

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