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Two stranded canoeists rescued Friday night near Apollo Beach

APOLLO BEACH — Two canoeists are safe after being stranded off the coast of Apollo Beach Friday night, according to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The two men rented a canoe at MacDill Air Force Base earlier on Friday, but got lost amid cold temperatures and high winds, FWCC spokesman Baryl Martin said.

FWCC officers answered a call from the U.S. Coast Guard to search for the missing boaters. They were located at about 8 p.m., Martin said. It was unclear Saturday how long they had been lost.

The two men were escorted to safety, checked by emergency crews and released with no injuries, Martin said.

Two stranded canoeists rescued Friday night near Apollo Beach 01/19/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 1:17pm]

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