9 Missing After Cuban Vessel Heading To Key West Capsizes

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Nine people are missing after a vessel transporting 22 people from Cuba capsized at 8 p.m. Monday 26 miles southeast of Key West, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 13 people – nine males and four females – of the 22 aboard the boat Tuesday, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard did not release the names of the survivors. The survivors said seven males and two females are missing, according to the Coast Guard’s press release. (RELATED: Six People Rescued From Overturned Ship, 12 Reportedly Remain Missing)

A Western Carmen motor vessel saw four people in the water at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and then alerted the Coast Guard of the capsize, according to the press release. The crew saved 10 people and then deployed helicopters, airplanes and ships to search for the others missing. The Coast Guard, assisted by a good Samaritan, found three others, according to the press release.

Survivors held onto orange floating devices while it rained.

“The Cutter Thetis along with the Cutter William Trump remained on scene and are continuing to search for the nine missing people,” the press release states.