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Coast Guard searching for 10 people missing in the water near Key West

Posted at 10:57 AM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-28 20:52:25-04

MIAMI, Fla. — UPDATE 5/28, 3:45 P.M.:
The Coast Guard along with partner agencies are continuing the search, Friday, for 10 people missing in the water about 16 miles south of Key West.

Coast Guard, Navy and Customs and Border Protection aircraft and crews have conducted 14 searches totaling more than 29 hours and Coast Guard surface assets and crews have conducted 10 searches totaling more than 40 hours. These searches have covered approximately 6,552 square miles, which is approximately the size of Hawaii.

The search for the 10 missing people will continue throughout Friday and overnight.


The Coast Guard is searching for a reported 10 people missing in the water, Thursday, about 16 miles south of Key West after eight people were rescued and two people were recovered deceased.

The Resolute crew rescued eight people, and a Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew recovered two people deceased. The deceased were transferred ashore.

The survivors reported they left Puerto de Mariel, Cuba, Sunday, and capsized sometime Wednesday evening. The survivors currently remain aboard a Coast Guard cutter where they will receive food, water and basic medical attention.

“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.”

While on routine patrol, the Resolute crew spotted multiple people in the water and alerted Sector Key West watchstanders. The watchstanders directed the launch of multiple surface and air assets to assist.