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U.S. Coast Guard finds missing boaters off Honduras

Jul. 4, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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MIAMI — Eight boaters missing off the coast of Honduras have been rescued.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Gabe Somma says the 28-foot boat was spotted about 66 miles from the western edge of Roatan, Honduras, where it set sail Saturday afternoon.

Somma says the boaters — five Hondurans, a Canadian and two Americans — are all alive. But he doesn’t know their conditions. All eight boaters had been hoisted into a U.S. Army helicopter Wednesday afternoon.

Somma says the search covered 2,740 square miles after a family member of the U.S. citizens reported the boat missing.

The multi-agency mission included the Coast Guard, the Honduran navy and aircraft attached to the U.S. Southern Command in Honduras.

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