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No sign of six missing Florida boaters

Sept. 10, 2008 at 11:19 AM   |   Comments

STUART, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said Wednesday that searchers have yet to find six boaters who vanished with their craft in St. Lucie Inlet, Fla.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said while Coast Guard workers have yet to find a sign of the unidentified boaters since they sent a distress call out Tuesday night, the search for the missing people and their boat will continue in Martin County, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported.

"We are continuing the search. We have a Coast Guard 47-footer from Fort Pierce which stayed on the scene throughout the night," Johnson said.

Johnson said the craft is thought to have been 6 miles from shore when the distress call was sent but that is the only information searchers have to work with. Searchers have also been dealing with rough seas due to Hurricane Ike.

Johnson told the Post that most of the area has been under a small craft advisory due to high winds and dangerous waves.

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