Coast Guard locates 3 missing boaters along Eastern Gulf Coast

130 E CityNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard located three boaters reported as overdue, south of Destin, Florida, Wednesday.

A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-130 Hercules aircrew spotted the sailing vessel Ekkia making way south of Destin at 2 p.m.

After the aircrew made contact with the vessel, it was determined the Ekkia crew were reportedly not in distress.

Family members reported the vessel as missing to Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders, Friday evening.

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