KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have stopped dozens of migrants after part of a group that reached the South Florida coast on a sailboat landed along the northern tip of Virginia Key.
Multiple agencies responded at around 3 p.m. Thursday.
Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched vessels in the area. The Coast Guard and U.S. Border Patrol are surrounding the vessel, which is located off the shore of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
Officials said at least 25 people made it to shore and around 40 remain on the boat. Those who made it to shore include 21 adults and four minors. One person on board, in their 30s, was transported to Jackson Memorial and is being treated for hypothermia.
Of the 25 who made it to shore, four were teenagers.
Officials have not confirmed how many migrants tried to make it on the boat.
The migrants have since been transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.
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