"Miami boat capsizes" is trending and that phrase took on an even more serious tone with the story that follows it. The BBC reported on Oct. 16, 2013, that a boat capsized in the waters off of Miami, Florida, and 11 suspected illegal immigrants were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, but four others died.
The small boat was carrying the 15 suspected migrants from Haiti to Jamaica. Those that died were four of the six women aboard the vessel.
The survivors were located by the Coast Guard as they were clinging to the hull of the maybe 15-20 foot boat. A call of distress came into the 911 dispatch center in Miami around 1:00 a.m. EDT.
One of the survivors was taken to a hospital for medical attention was soon released. Once released, the survivor went into the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Commander Darren Caprara, chief response officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, said that it was quite difficult to determine the exact number of people aboard the boat, or as they called it, an "overloaded vessel." By Wednesday afternoon, the search operation had been called off.
"We have every reason to believe that we have found all the people at sea. The final number was 15. It turned out to be nine males and six females," he said.
The bodies of the four women that died were discovered once the Coast Guard was able to right the small boat. One of the male survivors had clung to life under the boat when he discovered an air pocket. He was located at the same time as the bodies of the deceased.