Transcript for Search Crews Find 4 Boaters Who Went Missing After Snorkeling Trip Near Key West
The search for a family who vanished while snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico is now over and thanks to the quick work of the US Coast Guard that Florida family. Has been found safe and sound ABC's eager banker joins us now with the latest on this what a horrifying content and taught me sighs of relief this we have. Oh my goodness for sure yet we love stories with a happy ending right the Coast Guard has told us that family is in good spirits after a night spent on the open water northwest of Florida. We have video capturing the youngest of those lost at sea seen running into the arms of family members look at this. Just upon reaching dry land. They're out there for about a day the Coast Guard. Making contact around 5 PM on Wednesday searching nearly 4000 square miles finally locating the 25 foot boat about. Forty miles off of Key West. There was initially some trouble contacting them by radio. 48 year old David Thompson 28 year old Adam Kelly. Fifteen year old Joshua Thompson and eleven year old even talk Evan Thompson rather. Were Alfred. Their boat began to drift. It lost power the and began to drift sometime around 8830 last night it was sheer relief you know watch an eleven and fifteen year old boys come off and other moms. That was pretty cool. The chief coast the chief Coast Guard commander says the most important take away and this was that. These guys had a plan he told a film remembers where they were going and what time may be back so when they didn't grow ride it as scheduled. People started to be the concerned oh it has been said that there are things that you can do to prepare for this and that certainly this was textbooks success in terms of. And that's one of the keys I've covered many stories were there people who were adrift at sea and they did not stay with the boat and that's one of the things a Coast Guard. Do you tell you to do is to stay with your vessel wrote some of the other things you're supposed to do. Well there's emissions there's an EP IR BE yet the electronic position indicating radio beacon I don't know why everybody doesn't get wanna be here gonna vote but. A when activated the device will immediately send out a distress signal and provides an exact location for search and rescue teams. They see it takes the search out of search and rescue you there minister actually where you are very important and again to let people know where you're going to is an old family is gone sometimes nobody else even notice correct correct that this was I mean I'm smiling throughout the whole story because of just glad that they're safe because I can't imagine what I would do. Stick out at sea person I don't know how to swim art good time now aged thanks so much.
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