(NBC Miami) Four people were killed and 11 were rescued from waters off Miami Beach after the boat they were in capsized and started to sink early Wednesday, officials said.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, they received a reports around 1 a.m. from Miami-Dade Police that the vessel had capsized about seven nautical miles east of Government Cut.
When rescuers arrived nine people were clinging to the sinking vessel, officials said. Five of the people are Jamaican and four are Haitian, the Coast Guard said.
The bodies of four others, as well as two more survivors, were later found, officials said.
One person was transported to Mt. Sinai Medical Center where their injuries were unknown. The person was later released.
Coast Guard officials said they are still searching for more survivors but they don’t know how many may be missing. Two boats and one helicopter were searching the water early Wednesday.
The boat, which is about 20 feet long, has two engines and had the center console ripped out, the Coast Guard said. It was towed back to the Coast Guard’s Miami Beach station early Wednesday.
“[The vessel] looked like a regular recreation boat,” Coast Guard spokesman Derek Wallin said.
It was unclear if the boaters were seeking refuge in the U.S., the Coast Guard said.
No other information was immediately known.