Fourth Person Dead After Boat Capsizing Off Florida's Atlantic Coast: Authorities

The 24-foot vessel overturned 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach Thursday

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    A fourth person has been confirmed dead following Thursday’s boat capsizing off the South Florida coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.

    The bodies were initially found and seven people were rescued after the 24-foot vessel capsized 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach.

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    The Royal Netherlands Navy, which was on its way to Key West, discovered the capsized boat with seven suspected migrants atop its hull. It notified the Coast Guard, which sent its Cutter Richard Etheridge and an HC-130 aircraft to the scene, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

    The Royal Netherlands Navy rescued the seven people, which were later transferred to the Coast Guard cutter.

    The Royal Netherlands Navy also recovered three bodies from within the boat’s hull.

    The Coast Guard did not immediately return a phone call seeking details on the fourth fatality in the incident.