Coast Guard: Three bodies found, several people rescued in capsized vessel

UPDATE:  Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque, says that the seven survivors continue aboard the Cutter Etheridge and that as of now, they will stay on the ship until a determination is made whether to return them to their country of origin.

No other survivor has been found, but the search continues at this hour.

According to Laberdesque, the bodies recovered from the sea have not been transported to the Florida mainland.


Search and rescue crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Etheridge are en route to a capsized 24-foot boat located 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach. 

The Coast Guard received a report from the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeeland around noon of a capsized boat with seven suspected migrants atop of the hull.

Both the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeeland and the Coast Guard responded.

Upon arrival, the Navy rescued 7 people from the water and recovered three bodies from within the hull.

The Coast Guard is continuing to search for two others believed to have been onboard the boat. 

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