Coast Guard suspends search for possible missing migrants near Miami

MIAMI – Coast Guard Sector Miami suspended its search for any possible migrants still missing at sea from a vessel aground near Fisher Island, Fla., after sunset Friday.

Twenty six migrants are in custody and three migrants have been confirmed deceased. According to survivor statements, it is estimated 42 people were on the vessel leaving a possible 13 migrants unaccounted for. Four people were found this afternoon by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Virginia Key, Fla., bringing the total number of people accounted for to 29.

Watchstanders at the Sector Miami Command Center were notified about the vessel in the vicinity of Fisher Island before 8 a.m. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., small arrived on scene to find three people in the water and several more still aboard the 30-foot vessel.

Three smallboats from Station Miami Beach, the cutter Dolphin, two Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Miami, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue personnel, the Miami-Dade Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assisted with the search.

“We have thoroughly searched the area and feel confident that if anyone was still in the water we would have located them,” said Captain James Fitton, the Coast Guard Sector Miami Commander.

Once aboard Coast Guard vessels migrants recieve shelter, food, water, and medical treatment.

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  1. Frankie Caraballo says:

    I would like to know, if possible, if Ramon Luis Arias was found on that vessel. Please. Thank you!