4 dead after boat capsizes off Florida coast

October 16, 2013 5:24:20 AM PDT
Four people are dead and another is in a hospital after a boat capsized about seven miles east of Miami.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded about 1 a.m. Wednesday after a 911 call came in regarding the overturned boat, a recreational vessel.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque says 15 people had been on the boat, and 9 were clinging to the hull when crews arrived.

Laberdesque says one person was airlifted to a hospital, but she didn't have a condition report. She says the other people are in Coast Guard custody.

The Coast Guard says a police helicopter assisted in the search for possible survivors.

No further details were immediately available.

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