US Coast Guard: 4 people dead when boat capsizes off coast of Florida; others were rescued

The Associated Press
October 16, 2013

MIAMI - Four people are dead and another is in a hospital after a boat capsized about 7 miles (11 kilometres) east of Miami.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded about 1 a.m. local time Wednesday after a distress call came in regarding the overturned boat, a recreational vessel.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque says 15 people had been on the boat, and 9 were clinging to the hull when crews arrived.

Laberdesque says one person was airlifted to a hospital, but she didn't have a condition report. She says the other people are in Coast Guard custody.

The Coast Guard says a police helicopter assisted in the search for possible survivors.

No further details were immediately available.