Dos muertos y diez desaparecidos al volcar en Florida un bote procedente de Cuba

Las autoridades han confirmado que otras ocho personas han sido rescatadas tras el naufragio

Al menos dos personas han muerto y otras diez están desaparecidas después de que un bote, que había partido desde Cuba, volcara cerca de la ciudad de Cayo Hueso (Key West en inglés), en el estado de Florida.

Las autoridades han confirmado que otras ocho personas han sido rescatadas tras el naufragio, mientras los equipos de búsqueda siguen trabajando en la zona para localizar al resto de pasajeros Las personas que han sobrevivido están a bordo de un buque de la Guardia Costera, donde están siendo abastecidas de comida, agua y refugio, además de atención médica.

La tripulación del patrullero ‘Resolute’ divisó a varias personas en el agua durante su patrullaje rutinario, por lo que avisaron a los vigilantes de la estacion ‘Key West’, que enviaron a la zona activos aéreos y marítimos para su rescate, explica un boletín publicado por la Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos.

Al respecto, el supervisor del centro de comando de Cayo Hueso, Seth Haynes, ha informado que los rescatistas «están enfocados en la búsqueda de sobrevivientes», mientras ha precisado que trabajarán durante toda la noche, según informa NBC. Haynes también ha añadido que continuarán «buscando a lo largo de la noche a las personas reportadas desaparecidas, y si algún marinero ve o escucha algo» también solicita que «se brinde asistencia si es posible e informe a la Guardia Costera».

Por su parte, los vigilantes de la costa han precisado que la embarcación partió el domingo desde Puerto de Mariel, en Cuba, y volcó en algún momento del miércoles por la noche.

El portavoz de la Guardia Costera, José Hernández, ha adelantado que por el momento se desconoce qué tipo de embarcación era o las causas que habrían propiciado el accidente, mientras que tampoco ha divulgado más información de las víctimas. EP/ABC

2 dead, 10 missing after boat carrying Cuban migrants capsizes near Key West

Search and rescue efforts were ongoing Friday morning.

Two people are dead and 10 others are missing after a boat traveling from Cuba capsized near the Florida Keys, officials said.

The United States Coast Guard said its Resolute cutter had been on a routine patrol in the area on Thursday afternoon when the crew spotted multiple people stranded in the water about 16 miles south of Key West. Eight people were rescued while two bodies were recovered from the water, according to the Coast Guard.

Crews are now searching for 10 possible passengers still in the water. Search efforts utilizing multiple air and surface assets were underway throughout the night and will continue Friday, the Coast Guard said.

The survivors told rescuers that they had left Cuba’s Port of Mariel on Sunday and their boat overturned sometime on Wednesday evening, according to the Coast Guard. Cuba is about 90 miles from Key West.

It was not immediately clear what type of boat the people were traveling in and or what had caused the vessel to capsize.

As of Thursday night, the survivors remained aboard a Coast Guard cutter, where officials said they were receiving food, water and basic medical attention. Meanwhile, the two deceased passengers were taken ashore, according to the Coast Guard.

“Our responders are focused on the search for survivors,” Senior Chief Seth Haynes, the Coast Guard’s Key West command center supervisor, said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue to search through the night for those reported missing, and if any mariners see or hear anything, to render assistance if possible and contact the Coast Guard.”

Coast Guard officials have said that they have seen a recent increase in rescue operations involving Cuban nationals attempting the treacherous journey to seek asylum in the United States. On Saturday, a raft carrying 11 Cuban migrants, one of whom was dead, was found off the coast of Marathon, an island city in the Florida Keys, north of Key West. The survivors told Coast Guard officials that their vessel had capsized at the start of the voyage, causing them to lose their supplies of food, water and medication.
By Morgan Winsor