By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Two people died and 10 others are missing in the Atlantic Ocean after a boat they were on overturned 16 miles off Key West on Thursday afternoon. 

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for the missing people, Petty Officer Jose Hernandez told the Miami Herald.

Members of the Coast Guard were able to rescue eight people who were on the boat, the outlet reported.

2 Dead, 10 Missing After Boat Overturns Near Florida Keys

Hernandez told the Miami Herald that two Coast Guard cutters and several small boats from the Coast Guard Sector Key West are conducting search and rescue operations.

The boat was located about 16 miles south of Key West, the newspaper reported.

Two Coast Guard cutters and other units from Coast Guard Sector Key West are involved in the search and rescue operation, Hernandez told the Herald.

The boat overturned at about 1 p.m. and there was no immediate sign of the vessel as of Thursday evening.

It wasn’t clear what type of boat it was or where it had come from.

A search for the missing passengers in surrounding waters was ongoing as of 5 p.m., a spokesman for the Coast Guard told the Herald.

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