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Weekend search for boaters missing near Hudson Beach called off

HUDSON — Authorities on Sunday called off a search for five imperiled boaters after looking two days with no signs of a sunken boat and no missing person reports filed in the area.

A man in Pasco County said he overheard a "Mayday" call after midnight Friday. The man called the U.S. Coast Guard and said he heard over the radio that a boat carrying five people, including three children, hit a rock and was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched the area near where the caller said the boat was sinking — 5 to 6 miles west and 2 miles north of Hudson Beach — Saturday and Sunday, but found nothing.

"We have no reports of any missing people from the community," said FWC spokesman Robert Scholl. "If more information comes forward from the public, then we'll continue searching."

Weekend search for boaters missing near Hudson Beach called off 05/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:41pm]

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