Coast Guard reports suspected migrant vessel sinking off Florida

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Posted: Oct 29, 2014 11:27 AM

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard aircraft spotted a sinking boat carrying up to 33 suspected migrants on Wednesday, two days after federal and state officials pulled 11 Cuban migrants from the waters off the coast of Miami.

“They were spotted by a Coast Guard aircraft that was up there searching on the other migrant case,” said spokesman Gabe Somma. He said there were up to 33 people on the boat. The Coast Guard had initially put the number at up to 25.

Two men are still missing from the group found clinging to debris from their wrecked raft on Monday. The Coast Guard is still combing the waters of Florida’s southeastern coast, Somma said.

(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Editing by David Adams and Mohammad Zargham)