U.S. Coast Guard finds family missing at sea

U.S. Coast Guard finds family missing at sea


EVIDENCE. WOE KNOW THE PROSECUTOR PLANS TO APPEAL. LOCAL 10 NEWS.>>THANK YOU, ANDREW.>>CALVIN: 2 CHILDREN ARE BACK ON SOLID GROUND TONIGHT.>>LAURIE: THE SNORKELERS FAILED TO RETURN PROMPTING A MASIVE COAST GUARD SEARCH.>>NOW A HAPPY ENDING. LEANNE?>>REPORTER: WELL, LAURIE, CALVIN, SUCH A RELIEF TONIGHT. THE 4 MISING BOATERS RETURNING BACK HERE TO THE COAST GUARD STATION IN KEY WEST AROUND 9:00 TONIGHT. A HUGE RELIEF FOR THIS FAMILY. 33 HOURS AFTER THE ENGINE FIRST GAVE OUT. SEARCH CUES SEARCHING 4,000 SQUARE NAUTICAL MILES. AND AS YOU SAID, THIS STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING. AFTER MORE THAN A DAY OUT AT SEA, A YOUNG BOY RUNS TO HIS MOTHER AND A HUGE RELIEF AFTER HOURS OF WORRY.>>AND RELIEF WATCHING THE 11 AND 15 YEAR OLD BOYS COME OFF AND HUG THEIR MOMS. THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.>>THE GROUP OF 4 SET OUT FOR THE DAY OF FISHING WHEN THINGS WENT WRONG. 28-YEAR-OLD ADAM KELLY OF GAINESVILLE. 48 YEAR OLD DAVID THOMPSON. 15-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA THOMPSON. AND 11-YEAR-OLD EVAN THOMPSON OF ORLANDO, ALL OF THEM IN TOWN AS PART OF THE LARGER GROUP OF FAMILY MEMBERS TO ENJOY KEY WEST AND THE LOBSTER MINISEASON. THE ENGINE ON THEIR 25-FOOT BOAT GAVE OUT AROUND 1 P.M.>>THEY LOST POWER TO THE BOAT AND BEGAN TO DRIFT SOME TIME AROUND 8-8:30 LAST NIGHT.>>THE GROUP WAS EXPECTED AROUND 4 P.M., BUT FAMILY MEMBERS CALLED THE COAST GUARD AFTER 2.5 HOURS PASSED AND THEY NEVER SHOWED. AN ALL OUT SEARCH BEGAN FOLLOWING THE FLORIDA WILDLIFE COMMISSION AND THE COAST GUARD USING RESOURCES IN THE WATER AND IN THE AIR. IT WAS AROUND 3:30 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WHEN THEY WERE SPOTTED FROM A COAST GUARD PLANE.>>WE WERE ABLE TO VECTOR IN THE BOAT WITHIN AN HOUR. GET THEM ON BOARD AND THEIR VESSEL IS BACK IN TOW AS WELL.>>REPORTER: AND SO THIS REUNION WAS MADE POSSIBLE. ALL 4 WERE IN GOOD CONDITION. THE COAST GUARD SAYS FILING A FLOAT PLAN WITH YOUR FAMILY ON LAND HELPS LEAD TO THE HAPPY ENDING.>>THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHEN THEIR BOAT SHOULD BE BACK AND WHEN THEY’LL BE FISHING AND THAT LED TO SEARCH EFFORTS FOR THESE 4 MEN.>>THE BOAT WAS TOWED BACK TO LAND BY A PRIVATE COMPANY.

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