2 dead, 10 missing after boat overturns near Key West, Florida

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At least two people have died and 10 others are missing after a boat from Cuba overturned off the coast of Florida.

Eight people were rescued about 1 p.m. Thursday 16 miles southwest of Key West, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Multiple units are searching for the remaining passengers who were on the boat that flipped.

“Our responders are focused on the search for survivors," said Senior Chief Seth Haynes, Key West command center supervisor. "We will continue to search through the night for those reported missing, and if any mariners see or hear anything, to render assistance if possible and contact the Coast Guard.”

On Friday, a tweet from the Coast Guard said the Navy, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Customs and Border Protection had assisted in the search overnight. The Coast Guard will continue to search throughout the day Friday, and asked mariners to also be on the lookout.

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The Coast Guard said the eight who were rescued told them the group left Puerto de Mariel, Cuba, on Sunday, and capsized sometime Wednesday evening.

Officials said the survivors were receiving food, water and basic medical attention aboard a Coast Guard cutter.

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