U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued four boaters Wednesday, a day after they were supposed to return from a snorkeling trip.
Concerned family members reported the group “overdue” after they didn't return Tuesday.
At 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, a Coast Guard plane spotted a boat with David Thompson, 48, Adam Kelley, 28, Joshua Thompson, 15, and Evan Thompson, 11, 40 miles northwest of Key West.
A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Key West met the boat and the four boaters were taken to Coast Guard Sector Key West in good condition.
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“The important takeaway is this family filed a float plan,” said Cmdr. Clint Prindle, chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Key West in a news release. “They told family members where they were going and when they would be back. When they didn't return, a family member contacted us, and we immediately began our search efforts.”