Eleven more passengers were rescued while clinging to the side of the overturned boat. The U.S. Coast Guard spent Wednesday morning trying to determine whether anyone else was missing.
“It was difficult to ascertain truly how many people were on this overloaded vessel,” said Commander Darren Caprara, chief response officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami.
The vessel capsized at about 1 a.m., just seven miles off the channel ships use to pass Miami Beach into the Port of Miami.
Names of the passengers aboard have not yet been released. The Coast Guard would not comment on the vessel's destination and point of departure.
The four dead, all women, were found in the water. Of the 11 rescued, one, experiencing seizure symptoms, was airlifted to Mount Sinai Medical Center for treatment. The conditions of the rest of the survivors have not been made public.