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Search on for two boaters

The U.S. Coast Guard was searching the Gulf of Mexico for two overdue boaters from Gainesville late Sunday afternoon after they were reported missing by relatives. Coast Guard Petty Officer Craig Spence-Thomas said Rex Pichard, 26, and Janice Wied, 25, both of Gainesville, were reported missing about 2:40 p.m. Sunday. The two departed from the Wacasassa River in Levy County in a 21-foot motorboat Saturday afternoon to go fishing off Cedar Key and were due back by Saturday night, Spence-Thomas said. The Coast Guard and the Florida Marine Patrol were using a helicopter and two boats to search the Gulf and parts of the river.

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