At least nine people were missing in the water around 20 miles south of Key West on July 6 as Hurricane Elsa moved towards Florida’s southwest coast.
A cargo ship alerted the US Coast Guard to the incident on Tuesday afternoon after rescuing two people from the water. Coast guard search and rescue teams then arrived on the scene and rescued a further 13 people from the water.
At least nine others were believed to be missing with the rescue mission set to continue on Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The National Hurricane Center warned of a “life-threatening storm surge” along parts of Florida’s west coast on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Credit: US Coast Guard via Storyful