16 people missing as Coast Guard searches near Florida coast

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News
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Sixteen people who disappeared during recent boating ventures remain missing as U.S. Coast Guard officials search near the coast of Florida.

In an update Sunday, the Coast Guard said the rescue efforts are ongoing after a pair of unrelated incidents involving two boats led to the disappearances last week.

One man, identified only as a Jamaican national, was rescued after the boat he was aboard capsized about 23 miles east of Fort Pierce, Fla., the Coast Guard said Friday.

The other six people who were aboard that vessel remain unaccounted for.

The man, who was saved by the Coast Guard and a Good Samaritan, told authorities that each of the other people who were on the boat with him also went into the water after their vessel overturned.

They had been traveling out of Bimini, Bahamas.

In a separate announcement last Friday, the Coast Guard said 10 people who were aboard a “makeshift vessel” traveling from Cuba to Florida days earlier had also disappeared.

“@USCG and @Floridawing continue to search for 6 missing persons near the Fort Pierce,” the Coast Guard’s southeastern branch tweeted in Sunday’s update. “@USCG also continues the search for 10 missing persons near the Key West area.”