1 charged with smuggling after boat capsized, killing 4

11 survivors found clinging to capsized boat 7 miles from Miami

MIAMI - One man faces charges for attempting to illegally smuggle people into the U.S. after a boat carrying 15 people capsized in the waters off Miami.

George Lewis, 37, appeared in federal court Thursday, and was charged with alien smuggling and reentry after deportation.

Five others were also charged with reentry after deportation -- 30-year-old Matthew Williams and 50-year-old Everton Jones, both felons; and, 27-year-old Sean Anthony Gaynor, 34-year-old Kenard Hagigal, and Naaman Davis.

Four women died when the small boat capsized early Wednesday. Wyslene Vales identified one of the women as a family member.

"We tell people, 'Do not risk it. Life is priceless,'" said Marleine Bastien, a Haitian-American activist.

Eleven survivors -- five Jamaicans, four Haitians, and two Bahamians -- were taken into federal custody.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias says a criminal investigation is continuing. It was not clear where the remaining survivors were detained.

Migrants routinely attempt to illegally reach Florida's coast in overloaded or unseaworthy vessels, often through established smuggling networks that include islands in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

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