Coast Guard locates missing boaters north of Dry Tortugas, Fla.

MIAMI — Two missing boaters, who were reported overdue, were located north of Dry Tortugas, Florida, Thursday evening by a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

On Tuesday, a family member contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami to report that two boaters, Thomas Rota and Megan Rota, were due to arrive in Dry Tortugas for a brief stop on Friday and haven’t been heard from since June 9.

Thomas, a 40-year-old male, American citizen, and Megan, 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.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched search-and-rescue aircrews to search for the boaters.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Involved with the search were:

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

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