Coast Guard Rescues Four Boaters Who Went Missing off Key West

Four boaters were reported overdue Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and were last seen in a 25-foot Grady White, leaving Key West to go on a snorkeling trip. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the missing boaters. (Photo: Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi)
Four boaters were reported overdue Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and were last seen in a 25-foot Grady White, leaving Key West to go on a snorkeling trip. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the missing boaters. (Photo: Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi)

KEY WEST, Fla. — The United States Coast Guard rescued four boaters a day after they failed to return home from a snorkeling trip off Key West.

The Coast Guard reports on social media that a rescue crew reached the missing vessel around 5 p.m. Wednesday, about 40 miles northwest of Key West. All four people onboard were reportedly in good health. A Coast Guard plane spotted the boat earlier Wednesday following a search that covered nearly 4,000 square miles by air and sea.

The Coast Guard previously reported that the boaters left Banana Bay Resort in a 25-foot boat on Tuesday for a snorkeling trip about six miles north of Key West.

A concerned family member contacted the Coast Guard Tuesday evening. Missing were 48-year-old David Thompson, 28-year-old Adam Kelley, 15-year-old Joshua Thompson and 11-year-old Evan Thompson.

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