Coast Guard confirms 4 dead in boat capsizing; search continues off Fla. coast

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MIAMI — A fourth person has been confirmed dead following a capsizing 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Seventh District command center received a report Thursday from the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeeland of a capsized 24-foot center console vessel with seven suspected migrants atop of the hull. The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge and an HC-130, from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., were diverted to the scene.

Upon discovering the vessel, the Royal Netherlands Navy rescued seven people and recovered three bodies from within the hull. The Seven suspected migrants were transferred to the Richard Etheridge.

The Royal Netherlands Navy was en route to Key West, Fla., before discovering the overturned vessel.

 

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