Five people died and a search was made for five more on Monday after a homemade ship carrying migrants from Cuba capsized near the Florida coast over the weekend, the US Coast Guard said.
The search took place about 50 miles off Little Torch Key, an island in the lower Florida Keys.
It was assumed that there were a total of 19 people at the “failed migration company” on the ship, and four people reportedly drowned immediately after capsizing on Saturday, which the 7th Coast Guard District said.
Nine people were rescued and one body was recovered.
Some of the rescued were wearing life jackets, which authorities attributed with saving their lives in a raging 6-8 foot segment in 30 mph winds.
The search teams later recovered two unconscious people, but it is unclear whether they were among the four people who were reported to have drowned or among the five missing people.