Coast Guard resumes search for missing Cuban migrant off Boca Raton

The Coast Guard Cutter Gannett crew locates a Cuban migrant rustic vessel east of the Boca Raton coast, which correlates to a search and rescue case for two reportedly missing migrants Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Attempting to reach the U.S. illegally aboard unseasworthy vessels puts lives at severe risk of injury and death. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Gannett crew

The Coast Guard Cutter Gannett crew located a Cuban migrant rustic vessel east of the Boca Raton coast, which correlates to a search and rescue case for two reportedly missing migrants Wednesday, July 20, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Gannett crew

MIAMI — The Coast Guard resumed its search Thursday for a Cuban migrant reported missing off the Boca Raton coast.

A body washed ashore Thursday in Town of Gulf Stream, and Coast Guard watchstanders launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to resume searching for a Cuban migrant reportedly missing since sunset Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Gannett rescued six Cuban migrants from the water.  The migrants were spotted by the cutter crew while transiting the area during a patrol. Coast Guard crews searched more than 1,530 square nautical miles before suspending the initial search Wednesday evening.

“Our search efforts Wednesday were based on unreliable and unconfirmed information,” said Chris Eddy, search and rescue specialist for the 7th District. “After searching the area under ideal search conditions, with multiple Coast Guard assets, we called off the search pending any new information.  With the discovery of the body in Town of Gulf Stream, we have relaunched our search efforts.”

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