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4 dead, 11 rescued by Coast Guard after migrant boat capsizes off Miami

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 11:23 a.m. CDT

MIAMI (MCT) — At least four people died and 11 more were rescued after a power boat carrying migrants from Haiti and Jamaica capsized early Wednesday off Miami.

'The Coast Guard told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that the dead passengers were found in the water. Survivors were found clinging to the hull of the craft, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney told The Miami Herald.

The Coast Guard conducted a search in the water and by air for additional survivors where the boat capsized, about seven miles off Government Cut.

Several of the people were tossed into the water and one man was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center for treatment. Others are in custody on a Coast Guard boat.

Barney said there is conflicting information on whether more people were aboard the boat.

"Fifteen was the original amount. We're making sure we're very thorough in the search," Barney told The Associated Press.

According to the Coast Guard, the emergency 911 call came in about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Two boats, one from Miami and another from Fort Lauderdale, were dispatched along with a helicopter from Opa-locka.

The 25-foot boat white boat with a missing center console was taken to the Coast Guard station but has been towed to a marina dry dock because it has a leak and is in danger of sinking.

(c)2013 The Miami Herald Distributed by MCT Information Services

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