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Coast Guard ends search for 9 missing in Cuban boat capsize

Photo: Matt Hardy
Photo: Matt Hardy

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Saturday ended the search for nine Cubans missing from a boat that capsized off Florida’s coast.

The search encompassed more than 7,400 square miles (19,000 square kilometers) over 192 hours since the capsized boat was reported Tuesday.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that 13 people were rescued about 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of Key West.

Cubans intercepted at sea are generally returned to their home country.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.