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3 migrants die, 7 rescued when boat capsizes off Florida

Feb. 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A Netherlands navy vessel rescued seven suspected migrants and recovered three bodies Thursday after their boat capsized off Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said in a release on its website search-and-rescue crews aboard the Cutter Etheridge and an HC-130 aircrew were searching for two people 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Coast Guard said the Netherlands navy ship Zeeland had retrieved the capsized 24-foot center console vessel. Seven people were huddled atop the hull and three bodies were found inside.

The Coast Guard said the Zeeland had been en route to Key West, Fla., when it came upon the overturned boat.

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