At least 100 believed to be on suspected migrant boat off Key Largo

KEY LARGO, Fla. – At least 100 people were believed to be on a suspected migrant sailing vessel stranded off the coast of Key Largo Saturday afternoon.

Photos and video sent in to Local 10 News show a packed sailboat surrounded by boats from multiple law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs & Border Protection Air and Marine Operations division.

The Coast Guard tweeted that it and “other partner agencies are on scene with a grounded sailing vessel off Ocean Reef” Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses said at least 100 people appeared to be on the vessel. Photos and video shared with Local 10 News showed what appeared to be people jumping off the vessel and swimming to shore.

Sky 10 flew over the Ocean Reef Country Club at around 6:15 p.m. Images show dozens of suspected migrants sitting in the grass, given blankets or towels. A bus and law enforcement agents were also at the scene.

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From Sky 10: Migrants on dry land at the Ocean Reef Country Club in Key Largo on Aug. 6 (WPLG)

It’s unclear where the suspected migrants came from. It’s also unclear if anyone was hurt.

The search continued Saturday for five missing migrants whose boat capsized in the Straits of Florida Friday. Rescuers recovered the bodies of two of the 15 people aboard.

This is a developing story. Stay with Local 10 News and Local10.com for updates.

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