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Coast Guard locates three missing Orlando boaters

HUDSON — The U.S. Coast Guard found three missing boaters from Orlando after a daylong search, authorities said Friday evening.

Coast Guard crews found the trio aboard their 20-foot pleasure craft about 55 miles west of Egmont Key, officials said. No one was injured and all were in good condition.

A Coast Guard cutter was towing them to St. Petersburg, where they were expected to arrive sometime Saturday morning.

Authorities said Michael Lyons, 49, his brother Edward Lyons and an unidentified friend left the Anclote River Boat Ramp at 3 p.m. Wednesday. They were supposed to return at 6 p.m. Thursday. They didn't show up.

Another brother notified the Coast Guard that night that the men had not returned.

The Coast Guard launched two HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews and the cutter Marlin to search for the missing boaters. The vessel had all of its required safety equipment in addition to food and water.

Officials on Friday said it appears the boat had somehow become disabled. No other details were available.

Coast Guard locates three missing Orlando boaters 11/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:11pm]
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