Coast Guard Rescues 3 Boaters

Two men and a 16 year old who went boating yesterday morning are now safe  after spending several hours stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.

The men reportedly left from Cedar Key on Sunday but did not come back at their expected time.

The Coast Guard got a call from a concerned family member and a search of the area began.

Public Information Officer, Lt. Commander Bill Friday from the Clearwater Air Station said they were lucky because the search was just about to be called off for the night but on the air rescue teams last pass, they found them.

All three were found on top of the hull of their capsized boat, about two miles offshore south east of Atsena Otie Key and then were flown to the Coast Guard station in Clearwater.

No injuries are reported, but they were reported to be slightly hypothermic.