The US Coast Guard is searching for ten people reported missing off the coast of Florida after launching from Cuba, as rescuers call off the search for six others.
The rickety six-foot boat set out from Havana last Sunday with ten people on board, before they vanished in waters off Florida on Friday.
A separate rescue mission involving a capsized boat from the Bahamas approximately 23 miles east of Fort Pierce was suspended on Sunday evening following a four-day operation.
It comes days after the Coast Guard rescued three Cuban nationals on a deserted Bahaman island after their vessel capsized in rough waters.
Two men and a woman were rescued last Tuesday from the deserted island in the Bahamas after they were stranded for 33 days and survived on conchs and rats.
The castaways, who have not been named publicly, were all Cuban nationals and are now in ICE custody, USCG said.
The trio told rescuers that they ended up on the island about five weeks ago after their boat capsized in rough waters and they swam to shore.
Capsized boat carrying ten people who left from Havana, Cuba is pictured in waters off the coast of Key West
A separate rescue mission was launched late last week for ten people who have gone missing off the coast of Key West after they left Havana, Cuba, in a ‘6-foot makeshift vessel’ last Sunday. Vessel is pictured above
One Jamaican national who had been on board the vessel from Bimini, Bahamas, that capsized on Wednesday was rescued by a good Samaritan off the Atlantic coast on Saturday.
The rescued Jamaican national said six others were with him when their 18-foot vessel overturned 23 miles offshore from Fort Pierce.
The Coast Guard was contacted by a boat operator who said he had rescued the man from waters east of Fort Pierce.
Those on board were en route from Bimini, according to the Coast Guard, but the agency did not mention where their boat was headed.
The rescued man was transported ashore for medical treatment.
An image tweeted by the Coast Guard shows the capsized boat that held the seven people coming from Bimini, Bahamas.
The Coast Guard dispatched three cutters and an airplane to search the area but the operation was suspended on Sunday evening at 10.30pm.
it comes days after two men and a woman were rescued from a deserted island in the Bahamas after they were stranded for 33 days and survived on conchs and rats. The trio are seen on the shore before a helicopter crew picked them up in a photo released by the US Coast Guard
One of the castaways, who officials said were Cuban nationals, is seen next to a pile of supplies air-dropped by the Coast Guard before the rescue
The USCG wrote on Twitter: ‘@USCG suspended the search Sunday at 10:30 p.m., for six people who were reported as missing approximately 23 miles east of Fort Pierce.’
The Coast Guard searched an area of 10,694 miles for a total of 140 hours, according to a statement.
‘The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is never one we come to lightly,’ said Capt. JoAnn Burdian, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami.
The boat carrying seven people from Bimini, Bahamas is pictured overturned in waters off Fort Pierce. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search on Sunday evening
‘We offer our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those involved during this difficult time.’
A separate rescue mission was launched late last week for ten people who have gone missing off the coast of Key West after they left Havana, Cuba, in a ‘6-foot makeshift vessel’ last Sunday.
It remains unclear why the homemade vessel vanished.
The US Coast Guard tweeted on February 12: ’10 people missing after reportedly leaving Havana, Cuba Sunday for Florida in a 6-foot makeshift vessel.
‘@USCG crews are searching.’
Today, the Coast Guard tweeted that the search for the ten missing people is ongoing.
‘@USCG continues the search for the 10 missing people south of Key West.’