Search continues after shipwreck in Florida, USA | News


The United States Coast Guard (USA) continues this Wednesday in the search for 38 people reported missing after the sinking of a boat that was traveling off the coast of Florida, in a “suspected human trafficking” incident.


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According to a statement, a “good Samaritan” informed authorities on Tuesday around 0800 (1300 GMT) that he had rescued a man clinging to an overturned boat, some 70 kilometers east of Fort Pierce Cove, in the Atlantic. .

The castaway stated that on Saturday night he had left the Bimini Islands, in the Bahamas, with 39 other people, and that a storm brought down the boat on Sunday morning.

During a press conference, Captain Jo-Ann Burdian, of the Coast Guard, conveyed condolences to the families of the missing and confirmed the discovery of a body.

The authorities suspect that it could be a case of human trafficking. None of the passengers on board were wearing life jackets, according to the survivor, who is receiving medical care at a Florida hospital to treat symptoms of dehydration and excessive sun exposure.

Burdian commented that the longer they remain at sea without food or water, exposed to the marine environment, the more dire the moment becomes and the less likely it is that survivors will be found in those conditions.

“Coast Guard air and surface crews are actively searching for people at sea. This is a suspected act of human smuggling,” the Coast Guard said in a statement posted on the social network Twitter.

The search extends over an area from the Bimini Islands, east of Miami, to Fort Pierce Inlet, further north, in an operation that continued through Tuesday night.

Human traffickers have the Bahamas as their center of operations, as it is an archipelago near the coast of Florida. Many of the people who are victims of traffickers come from Caribbean countries (such as Haiti) bound for the United States.

About 7,500 nautical miles, which is about the size of New Jersey, was raked Tuesday. This Wednesday, the search conditions are very good and a plane participating in the operation reports debris fields that are being investigated.

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