Situation ‘dire’ as Coast Guard seeks 38 missing off Florida

Capsized Boat Florida

Coast Guard Cutter Ibis’ crew searching for people missing from a capsized boat off the coast of Florida, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The Coast Guard searched through the night Wednesday for 39 people missing from a capsized boat after a solitary survivor was found clinging to the overturned hull. Crews on at least four ships and five aircraft already scanned a vast area about the size of Rhode Island on Tuesday after the man was pulled to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States has launched a criminal investigation into whether a smuggling ring is behind a boat that capsized off Florida with 40 migrants onboard.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday that one survivor and one body have been found and it is searching for the other 38 migrants. U.S. Homeland Security Investigations said it suspects that a smuggling ring was behind the voyage.

The boat capsized Saturday, shortly after it left the Bahamas, but was not found until Tuesday. Officials have not said what country the migrants are believed from, but the Bahamas is often a stopping off point for people fleeing Cuba or Haiti.

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