More than 100 people were rescued from an overloaded sailboat just before it collided with a sandbar in the Florida Keys on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Southeast Branch said. announced on his verified Twitter account Monday (November 21).
The branch originally reported that 22 people were rescued after a good Samaritan reported the incident to Key West sector spotters at 5 a.m. and crews received “reports of people in the water” at the off Rodriguez Key.
The branch said responding officers encountered “6-10ft seas, 25mph winds to safely evacuate people from the vessel”.
The Coast Guard then shared an update that the Coast Guard and “partner crews rescued over 100 people before the vessel struck a sandbar off Whale Harbor.”
The branch did not specify the nationalities of those rescued from the ship early Tuesday morning (22 November).
The rescue comes after the Southeast Coast Guard announced it had suspended its search for possible survivors in connection with an incident in which a homemade vessel carrying Cuban migrants capsized near the Florida coast on Last weekend.
The Cuban ship is said to have a total of 19 passengers on board. Survivors reported that four people traveling on the vessel immediately drowned after it capsized on Saturday (November 19), according to the Coast Guard’s 7th District via BNC News.