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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:05 pm | Updated: 8:15 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Tallahassee, FL - US Coast Guard Search and Rescue crews are on the scene searching for two people just off the coast of West Palm Beach.

The Royal Netherlands Navy rescued seven suspected migrants and recovered three dead bodies earlier in the day.

The Coast Guard said that the the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeeland contacted them around noon to report a capsized 24-foot center console vessel with seven suspected migrants on the hull. A Coast Guard cutter and a helicopter were sent to the scene. The incident happened about 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach.

The Royal Netherlands Navy was heading to Key West when it discovered the boat in distress.

Coast Guard spokesman Mark Barney says they're still trying to determine the nationalities of the boaters and whether human smuggling was involved.

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