More than 100 migrants rescued from overloaded boat before it hits sandbar in Florida Keys, Coast Guard says


More than 100 people were rescued from an overloaded boat before it hit a sandbar in the Florida Keys, according to the US Coast Guard.

The vessel struck a sand bar in Whale Harbor, the Southeast Coast Guard said in a tweet. “There are reports of people in the water and our partners on the ground are on the scene,” the agency said. Whale Harbor is located in Islamorada in the Upper Florida Keys.

Rescue efforts are still ongoing for anyone who may be in the water.

The Coast Guard did not know how many migrants were on the overloaded vessel or their nationalities, and told CNN they are facing difficult conditions.

Rescue operations began this morning after a Good Samaritan reported the boat at 5am, according to the Coast Guard.

Rescue crews faced 6- to 10-foot seas and 25-mile-per-hour winds as they tried to safely remove passengers, according to an earlier tweet from the agency.

Rescue operations began this morning when a good Samaritan reported the boat to Key West lifeguards at 5 a.m., the Coast Guard said in a tweet.

On Sunday, the Coast Guard said at least five people died after a houseboat capsized near Florida’s Little Torch Key. Nine people were rescued from the vessel, according to the agency.

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