Coast Guard ends search for 9 missing in boat capsize off of Florida’s coast


One of the people in the boat capsize that was rescued by the Coast Guard. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Saturday ended the search for nine Cubans missing from a boat that capsized off Florida’s coast.

The search encompassed more than 7,400 square miles (19,000 square kilometers) over 192 hours since the capsized boat was reported Tuesday.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that 13 people were rescued about 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of Key West. Cubans intercepted at sea are generally returned to their home country.

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