Coast Guard Continues Search Near Bahamas

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is continuing its search Tuesday for possibly 10 more missing Haitian migrants from a capsized vessel about 15 miles northwest of Nassau, Bahamas.

According to a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) interview with one of the survivors, 27 people were reported to have been onboard the vessel when it capsized.

Fourteen deceased Haitian migrants were recovered, along with one Honduran and two Haitian survivors. The survivors were transferred to Bahamian custody. It is believed multiple counts of bodies were provided by good Samaritans assisting in the search-and-recovery efforts.

Multiple Coast Guard crews searched a combined area of nearly 2,200 square miles of water Sunday and Monday. Aircrews from a C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., along with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Okracoke are searching a combined area of 1,400 square mile area Tuesday for possible survivors.

Also involved in the search are crews from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and numerous good Samaritans.

The Cutter Okracoke is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami Beach, Fla.

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