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Five more migrants lost at sea after boat capsizes off Florida

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The U.S. Coast Guard , halted a search for five migrants missing off the Florida Keys after a makeshift boat capsized on Friday, and has been lost at sea in recent months trying to cross a boat from Cuba.

Five people missing about 14 miles (23 km) south of Sugar Loaf Key add up to seven dead or presumed fatalities in Friday's accident. I put it out. weekend key.

Of her 15 people aboard the capsized vessel on Friday, he was found two dead and eight rescued, according to the Coast Guard. was done.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Grohl said on Tuesday that the latest air and sea search was officially "suspended" late Monday night. , said search and recovery efforts would resume if the Coast Guard received credible new evidence regarding the whereabouts of the victims. was missing, Grohl said.

"The sea is relentless, and attempting to leave Cuba and reach the United States through irregular and unsafe means increases your risk to yourself and others." Coast Guard Lieutenant Colonel Sean Newmeyer's Southeast District said in a statement. At least 39 people were killed as of mid-June. By comparison, about 1,200 Cuban immigrants have been detained over the past three fiscal years combined, the Coast Guard said.

The recent surge coincides with a slump in the Cuban economy, which has suffered from US sanctions and has been affected by a decline in international tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reporting by Steve Gorman, Los Angeles; Editing by Margherita Choi)