911 call released in capsized boat carrying migrants
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Officials have released audio of the 911 call that was made just after a boat carrying 15 migrants capsized off the coast of Miami.
Operator: "Miami-Dade Police and Fire. Where is the emergency?"
Caller: "Yes, we're 25 miles out from South Beach. We need a rescue out here bad."
Operator: "Stay with me on the line. Do not hang up. I'm trying to get a hit on you. What's going on, sir?"
Caller: "Ma'am, we're 25 miles. The boat is sinking."
Operator: "What kind of boat are you on? Sir? Hello?"
The line disconnects right after screams and wailing is heard in the background.
The Coast Guard quickly responded after being contacted by Miami-Dade dispatch. The operator said, "I received a 911 call from a cell-phone, advised 25 miles out from South Beach, and that the boat was sinking, didn't answer any questions as far as what kind of vessel he was on."
The Coast Guard says just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, a 25-foot boat carrying 15 people capsized in the waters near Miami, about seven miles off of Government Cut on Miami Beach. They were able to rescue 11 people, but four women would die before they arrived.
The survivors were taken into federal custody.
Immigration and customs enforcement said the captain and crewmen Naaman Davis and George Lewis are facing charges for attempting to illegally smuggle people into the U.S. From Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas.
Federal authorities said almost everyone on the boat had previously been deported from the U.S., most of them after being convicted of serious crimes.
Officials said no one on the boat was wearing a life jacket. The investigation remains ongoing.
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