Coast Guard rescue crews search for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier file photo.

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier file photo.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews continue to search Sunday for possible survivors of a migrant boat which capsized Saturday just off Martinica Beach in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

So far, three of the migrants have been recovered deceased by authorities ashore, while at least six others have been apprehended and are in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Search efforts for possible survivors continue as federal and local authorities account for all the migrants who were aboard the capsized vessel and apprehend any others who may have reached shore.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan were contacted at 5:15 p.m. Saturday by a 911 Emergency Service operator, who relayed a call from a bystander on scene reporting the incident. Watchstanders directed the launch of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier (WPC-1115) to provide search and rescue assistance, and they notified local and federal law enforcement and emergency response agencies of the developing situation.

Other responding agencies include U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Border Patrol, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, Puerto Rico Police and Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau.

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