Coast Guard Searches For Two Missing Boaters

FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Coast Guard, along with state and local officials, have been searching for two missing boaters in the vicinity of Boca Grande Pass, in Boca Grande, Fla., since about 8 a.m. today.

Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach, in Ft. Myers, Fla., received a call from 911 at about 7:45 a.m. today reporting that a 15-foot pleasure craft with four people on board began taking on water and capsized near Boca Grande Pass.

One of the men was able to use a seat cushion from the vessel as a flotation device to swim to shore and call 911. Another man clung to the hull of the vessel and was rescued by officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 8:23 a.m. today. Both men were taken to Englewood Hospital in Englewood, Fla., and their condition is unknown.

Two Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach rescue boat crews and two Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue helicopter crews, along with several units from FWC, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and Sea Tow are searching the area for the two missing boaters.

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