​4 bodies found floating off Florida coast

WFOR

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Officials are still trying to determine the identities of four men whose bodies were found floating off the South Florida coastline.

The bodies were discovered Sunday morning off Hollywood Beach, triggering a search for any more possible people in distress.

According to CBS Miami, Coast Guard crews were alerted by Good Samaritans around 10:00 a.m. letting them know they found the bodies of two men floating in the water 20 nautical miles east of Hollywood Beach.

Crews responded to the area and found two additional bodies 15-20 miles off shore.

Officials said all four bodies were in bad condition, indicating they had been in the water for some time.

All the bodies were of men; none was wearing a life jacket.

The Miami Herald reports the remains were taken to the Broward County medical examiner's office. The Broward Sheriff's Office has joined the investigation.

Crews searched by air and sea over 60 miles for any other people. The air search was called off at sundown, though Coast Guard officials said the Cutter Dolphin was equipped to continue the search.

Authorities had also hoped debris floating near the bodies could shed some light on their identities, but rescuers determined the debris was trash and not linked to the remains.

"We have not been able to locate a vessel of any type out there so we're unsure of where these individuals came from or how long they'd been out there," said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss.

Also on Sunday, about 30 miles to the north, more than a dozen Haitian migrants were taken into custody after coming ashore at Hillsboro Beach. One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, WFOR reported.

It's not clear whether the bodies found floating were of migrants.

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