BREAKING NEWS: 20 passengers feared dead after a boat going from the Bahamas to Florida disappeared
- The US Coast Guard stopped searching for the ship on Friday evening
- A boat with about 20 people on board should arrive in Lake Worth, Florida
- Rescuers searched 17,000 square miles when it was three days behind schedule
- Officials have not released any information about who was on the boat
The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday stopped searching for a boat with about 20 people on board that was three days overdue to arrive in Florida after leaving the Bahamas earlier this week.
The Coast Guard and others searched more than 51,800 square kilometers for approximately 84 hours before halting the search around noon on Friday, Coast Guard officials said in a press release.
Officials have not released any information about who was on the boat.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for a boat with about 20 people on board that was three days overdue to arrive in Florida after leaving the Bahamas earlier this week (picture in stock).
A map shows the area between Bimini, Bahamas and Fort Worth, Florida where the small boat went missing
"Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the missing," said Captain Stephen V. Burdian, 7th District Response Chief. "I encourage anyone with information about the people on board to get in touch with us as soon as possible."
The boat left Bimini, Bahamas on Monday and was scheduled to arrive in Lake Worth, Florida on Tuesday.
It was reported overdue that day, and air and sea crews and Coast Guard aircraft from Patrick Air Force base in Brevard County assisted the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association in the search.
The Coast Guard and others searched more than 44,000 square kilometers for about 84 hours before abandoning the search around noon on Friday, Coast Guard officials said in a press release
The boat is a 9 meter long Mako Cuddy Cabin ship.
There was also no signal received from a radio beacon indicating the distress, Sergeant Jose Hernandez said.
"When it touches the water or is activated in an emergency, it sends us the location of this (ship)," he told The Sun Sentinel. "It makes the deployment at this location a lot easier for us."
"We don't care if it's illegal or drug trafficking," said Hernandez. "We don't want life to be lost at sea."
The boat had set sail from Bimini, the westernmost district of the Bahamas.
It is the closest point to the mainland United States and approximately 50 miles east of Miami.
Anyone with information about the missing blue and white Mako Cuddy Hut is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Command Center, District Seven at 305-415-6800.
Bimini is the closest point to the mainland of the United States and approximately 50 miles east of Miami
WHAT IS THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE?
The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical stretch of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico, where dozens of ships and planes have disappeared.
Some of these accidents are surrounded by unexplained circumstances.
While a number of strange theories have been proposed about the Bermuda Triangle, none prove that mysterious disappearances are more common there than in other well-traveled stretches of the ocean.
Many people navigate the area every day without incident.
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