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Coast Guard suspends search for people missing at sea in Florida Keys

7 survivors apprehended near Sugarloaf Key
The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the possible people missing at sea in the Florida Keys.
Posted at 1:05 PM, Apr 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-03 20:29:20-04

KEY WEST, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for the possible people missing at sea.

The search was suspended Saturday at 8 p.m.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies notified the Coast Guard of a migrant vessel landing Thursday about 9:30 p.m. with seven people apprehended near Sugarloaf Key.

The seven survivors were treated for symptoms of dehydration and hyperthermia and were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

According to the survivors, there were additional people missing.

Deputies recovered one body from the capsized vessel during their search and rescue operation.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of those lost at sea," said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Jamey Kinney. "The Coast Guard and our local partner agencies exhaustively worked together on this search. Unfortunately, we have come to the most difficult time in any search and rescue case and that is the point at which we decide when to suspend the search."

Crews began searching at about 10 p.m. Thursday and searched more than 395 square miles.