US Coast Guards search for ten people who went missing off Florida

By SOPHIE TANNO FOR MAILONLINE*

The US Coast Guard is searching for ten people reported missing off the coast of Florida after they launched from Cuba on board a makeshift vessel.

Rescuers found the remains of their rickety 6ft boat off Key West on Friday after they set sail from Havana for the Florida coast.

In a separate operation, crews have called off a search for six people following a separate sinking. A Jamaican national who had been on board the vessel from Bimini, Bahamas, that capsized on Wednesday was rescued by a good Samaritan off the Atlantic coast on Saturday.

The rescued Jamaican national said six others were with him when their 18-foot vessel overturned 23 miles offshore from Fort Pierce.

It comes days after the Coast Guard rescued three Cuban nationals on a deserted Bahamas island after their vessel capsized in rough waters.

Two men and a woman were rescued last Tuesday from the deserted island in the Bahamas after they were stranded for 33 days and survived on conchs and rats.

The castaways, who have not been named publicly, were all Cuban nationals and are now in ICE custody, USCG said.

The trio told rescuers that they ended up on the island about five weeks ago after their boat capsized in rough waters and they swam to shore.

One Jamaican national who had been on board the vessel from Bimini, Bahamas, that capsized on Wednesday was rescued by a good Samaritan off the Atlantic coast on Saturday.

The rescued Jamaican said six others were with him when their 18-foot vessel overturned 23 miles offshore from Fort Pierce.

The Coast Guard was contacted by a boat operator who said he had rescued the man from waters east of Fort Pierce.

Those on board were en route from Bimini, according to the Coast Guard, but the agency did not mention where their boat was headed.

The rescued man was transported ashore and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

An image tweeted by the Coast Guard shows the capsized boat that held the seven people coming from Bimini, Bahamas.

The Coast Guard dispatched three cutters and an airplane to search the area but the operation was suspended on Sunday evening at 10.30pm.

it comes days after two men and a woman were rescued from a deserted island in the Bahamas after they were stranded for 33 days and survived on conchs and rats. The trio are seen on the shore before a helicopter crew picked them up in a photo released by the US Coast Guard   +5

it comes days after two men and a woman were rescued from a deserted island in the Bahamas after they were stranded for 33 days and survived on conchs and rats. The trio are seen on the shore before a helicopter crew picked them up in a photo released by the US Coast Guard

One of the castaways, who officials said were Cuban nationals, is seen next to a pile of supplies air-dropped by the Coast Guard before the rescue    +5

One of the castaways, who officials said were Cuban nationals, is seen next to a pile of supplies air-dropped by the Coast Guard before the rescue.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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