Coast Guard searching for 2 people 46 miles east of Jupiter Inlet

A capsized 18-foot suspected migrant smuggling vessel floats in the water 46 miles east of Jupiter Inlet, Florida, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. The vessel capsized Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in an apparent migrant smuggling venture from Freeport, Bahamas to Miami. U.S. Coast Guard photo

A capsized 18-foot suspected migrant smuggling vessel floats in the water 46 miles east of Jupiter Inlet, Florida, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard continues to search Tuesday for two missing people 46 miles east of Jupiter Inlet.

The two people missing are a Bahamian national, a suspected migrant smuggler, and a 9-year-old Haitian national. They went missing after an 18-foot boat capsized, with 11 people aboard, Sunday in an apparent migrant smuggling venture from Freeport, Bahamas to Miami.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a notification from a good Samaritan vessel stating they were on scene with nine people in the water from a capsized 18-foot vessel.

Search crews consist of:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered (WPC-1103), homeported in Miami
  • Coast Guard Cutter Moray (WPB-87331), homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ridley (WPB-87328), homeported in Mayport, Florida
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane

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