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Coast Guard suspends search for suspected smuggler, child missing off South Florida coast

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 23:41:51-05

JUPITER, Fla. — UPDATE: The Coast Guard announced Wednesday that it has suspended the search for two people missing 46 miles east of the Jupiter Inlet.

The two missing are a Bahamian national, suspected migrant smuggler, and a 9-year-old Haitian national.

EARLIER STORY:

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday that two missing people who vanished off the coast of South Florida are a suspected migrant smuggler, and a 9-year-old Haitian national.

The Coast Guard said an 18-foot boat with 11 people on board capsized Sunday night while going from Freeport, Bahamas to Miami in an apparent migrant smuggling venture.

A good Samaritan boating in the area found nine people in the water, but two are still missing.

They are a Bahamian national, and a child from Haiti.

The search is unfolding 46 miles east of Jupiter Inlet.

This is a developing story. Stay with WPTV for updates.