The U.S. Coast Guard says it is searching for 39 people who went missing after a boat believed to have been used for human trafficking capsized off the Florida coast off the Bahamas.
According to officials, the warning was issued by the sailor who boarded one of the passengers trapped in the boat around 08:00 a.m. Tuesday. The survivor said there were 39 more people on board and none of the passengers were wearing life jackets.
On Tuesday, several ships and planes took part in a search for the missing between Bimini, a small archipelago east of Miami, and Fort Pierce in the north.
The Coast Guard said it feared it could be a human trafficking incident.
The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islands (inhabited by 39 people) located 80 km southeast of Florida near Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti, is routinely used as a transit route and a starting point for immigrants seeking to reach the United States. For Haitians living in the archipelago.
* With information from AFP and AP