Coast Guard rescue passengers from capsized vessel near Puerto Rico, reports show

Passengers suspected of ‘illegal voyage,’ according to agency

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing fisherman in Galveston County. (U.S. Coast Guard Heartland)

PUERTO RICO – Coast Guard rescue crews sprang into action Thursday morning to rescue passengers of a capsized vessel near Desecheo Island in Puerto Rico, according to the agency.

A Custom and Border Protection aircraft found the vessel — which was suspected of illegally transporting passengers — and reached out to the Coast Guard, reports show.

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The Coast Guard said passengers from the capsized vessel did not appear to be wearing life jackets.

Afterward, documents indicate Coast Guard agents sent helicopters and a ship out to rescue any possible survivors.

This is all the information we have at this time. The story will be updated as more news comes in.

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