At least four people drowned and nine others were rescued after a boat capsized during a failed migration attempt about 50 miles off the Florida Keys on Sunday, the Coast Guard said.
Rescuers were still searching for five others who were on the homemade boat that capsized in 6- to 8-foot waves and 30-mph winds.
Images released by the Coast Guard show people wearing life jackets as they are pulled from the water.
The Coast Guard did not immediately say where the migrants were from, but there has been an increase in migration attempts across the Caribbean Sea from Haiti and Cuba in recent years.
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The Coast Guard intercepted 7,173 migrants in the Florida Straits in fiscal year 2022, a jump of more than four times from the 1,527 Haitians who were detained in all of 2021.
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More than 6,100 Cuban immigrants were intercepted by the Coast Guard in fiscal year 2022, a massive increase from the 838 Cubans apprehended in fiscal year 2021.