Miami, FL, United States (4E) – A boat carrying Haitian and Jamaican migrants capsized off Miami Beach on Wednesday killing four women passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Eleven people survived the accident seven nautical miles southeast of Government Cut after they were rescued by the Coast Guard past 1 a.m. One of the passengers was able to call 911 using a cellphone leading to the rescue.
Ten people were clinging to the capsized boat when rescuers arrived. Another survivor and the four dead victims were found under the boat. An air pocket kept the survivor alive, according to Commander Darren Caprara, chief response officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami.
One survivor who was suffering from a seizure was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center for treatment before being released to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Caprara said.
The 25-foot-long boat was towed to a marina dry dock after it was righted.