4 dead, 11 rescued off Miami Beach

MIAMI - Four people are dead and another is in a hospital after a boat capsized about seven miles east of Miami.

Eleven others who were found clinging to the hull of a boat about seven miles east of Government Cut were rescued early Wednesday morning.  Those who were rescued are from Haiti and Jamaica. At least four of the 11 were Haitian and five were Jamaican.

One person was taken to the hospital in serious condition and the others are said to be in good shape.

The rescue attempts began around 2 a.m. Wednesday, but as of 7:30 a.m., at least three crews, including a helicopter, were still searching. It is unclear how many more people may have been on the boat.

Rescuers brought the boat they were riding in back to the Coast Guard's base near Port Miami. The 20 foot boat appears to be missing its center console.

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