Coast Guard: 2 Missing Boaters Rescued from Gulf

By: AP
By: AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says two missing boaters have been rescued in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say a man on a tug boat spotted 48-year-old Vance Bryan and 37-year-old Gerald Chessher on a raft Thursday evening.

The man called the Coast Guard and the Cutter Bonito picked up the men and took them to a Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg.

Coast Guard officials say the men had been adrift in the Gulf for a couple of days. They told officials their barge sank.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the men left Captiva Island on June 18 and headed to Cancun.

They never arrived and were reported missing on Sunday.

The Coast Guard initially searched for the men but didn't find them.

There was no immediate word on the men's conditions.

------ Information from: Tampa Bay (Fla.)Times, http://tampabay.com

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