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1 dead, 5 missing after boat capsized during 'failed migration venture,' authorities say

The U.S. Coast Guard says the incident happened 50 miles off Little Torch Key, Florida.

LITTLE TORCH KEY, Fla. — One person is dead and five people are missing after a homemade boat capsized during a "failed migration venture," according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Authorities say the incident happened 50 miles off of Little Torch Key, Florida and crews were able to rescue nine people. 

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"Four people reportedly drowned immediately upon capsizing. Some of the rescued wore lifejackets, saving their lives in 6-8 foot seas and 30 mph winds," the agency wrote on its Twitter. 

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Back in October, almost 100 people — mostly from Haiti — were rescued from an overcrowded boat off the coast. It was reported they had no food or water for two days, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the 96 Haitians, as well as a passenger each from Uganda and the Bahamas, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Boca Raton, Florida, last week. They were transferred to Bahamian authorities on Sunday.


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