Coast Guard Rescues Four Near Marco Island

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued four overdue boaters aboard a 24-foot pleasure craft 17-nautical-miles north of Marco Island, Fla., at about 6 a.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard received a call at about 2:30 a.m. Monday reporting that four boaters left a Marco Island boat ramp to go fishing at about 6 a.m. Sunday and were to return at noon Sunday.

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., immediately launched to search for the missing boaters. The HH-60 located the boaters safely aboard their disabled vessel at about 6 a.m. Monday.

A Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach 33-foot patrol boat crew arrived on scene and safely transferred the boaters to a Collier County Sheriff’s Department substation, in Collier County, Fla.

The four boaters are in good condition.

Due to an incomplete de-brief, the names, ages and hometowns of the individuals are unknown to the Coast Guard.

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