Search for two missing boaters intensifies in the Gulf

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MIAMI — Coast Guard crews have intensified the search for two overdue boaters who did not arrive in Dry Tortugas, Florida, as scheduled.

Thomas Rota, a 40-year-old male, American citizen, and Megan Rota, a 37-year-old female, Canadian national, both residents from Mexico, departed from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in a 63-foot double masted white catamaran sailing vessel named Chelone on June 9, 2014 and were due to arrive in Dry Tortugas Friday.

A family member contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center in Miami at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday to report that the two boaters were due to arrive in Dry Tortugas for a brief stop on Friday. They were scheduled to continue to Key West, Florida, and arrive on Monday.

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Thomas Rota, a 40-year-old male, American citizen, and Megan Rota, a 37-year-old female, Canadian national, both residents from Mexico.

The reporting source stated she had not heard from the two boaters since June 9.

The Coast Guard responded by issuing an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and requested the assistance of nearby mariners to keep a sharp lookout for the missing boaters.

Following verification from Mexican authorities that the two boaters had left the marina in Mexico, Coast Guard search-and-rescue units launched to begin the search.

The current search area for the missing boaters is 190 nautical miles south of Pensacola, Florida, and north of Cuba.

Assisting with the search are:

A C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, was launched to search the area.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the two missing boaters are asked to contact the Coast Guard at 305-415-6800.

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