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U.S. Coast Guard locates missing boaters off Sanibel Island

Coast Guard searches for missing boaters
Posted at 5:52 AM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 08:44:27-05

**UPDATE (7:30AM)** -- Coast Guard officials confirm with Fox 4 that the missing boaters have been safely located just south of the Sanibel lighthouse.

Their boat had apparently run out of gas while the group was out cruising the waters Thursday night and decided to anchor in place overnight.

One of the boaters tells Fox 4 that the group was a bit cold overnight, since the boat is not closed in.  But they did have food and beverages on board.

The boaters were located Friday morning and towed to the Punta Rassa boat ramp.

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**UPDATE (6:40AM)** -- The Coast Guard now confirms there are 4 missing people involved in this morning's search for a missing boat.

The search has been expanded to include the Fort Myers Beach area.

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CAPE CORAL, Fla-- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for 3 adults on board a 23-foot Sea Ray. A family member told the U.S. Coast Guard the group's last known location was along the Caloosahatchee River. 

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, family members contacted them after the 2 women and 1 man didn't return home when they were due back around 10 p.m. Thursday night. 

The U.S. Coast Guard said they started searching around 4:53 a.m. Friday and started the search off the Cape Coral Bridge. 

Anyone with information is asked to call authorities. 

This story will be updated once new information becomes available.