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Capsized boat found near Florida; 39 people missing

One person was rescued Tuesday
Capsized Boat Florida
Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 09:42:35-05

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for 39 people missing for several days after a boat believed to be used for human smuggling capsized off Florida’s coast en route from the Bahamas.

The maritime security agency tweeted that a good Samaritan called the Coast Guard early Tuesday after rescuing a man clinging to the boat 45 miles east of Fort Pierce.

The man said he was part of a group of people who left the island of Bimini in the Bahamas on Saturday night. He said the boat capsized in severe weather.

The Coast Guard is calling it a suspected human smuggling case.