Thursday, May 14, 2009

10 dead, 17 rescued after boat sinks off Florida

Updated at: 0820 PST, Thursday, May 14, 2009

MIAMI BEACH: A boat overloaded with around 30 people, possibly Haitians being smuggled to the U.S. from their desperately poor country, sank off the Florida coast early Wednesday, dropping the occupants into the sea.

The Coast Guard rescued 17 and was searching for others but said at least 10 died, including one child. The search was expected to last overnight, and although the Coast Guard hadn't figured out exactly how many people were aboard or how many might still be lost at sea, it appeared certain that it fit the profile of migrant smuggling.

``The boat was obviously overloaded,'' Coast Guard Capt. James Fitton said. ``It's a tragedy that someone would be so callous with human life.''

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