Coast Guard searching for 8 missing boaters off the coast of Honduras

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MIAMI - Coast Guard crews are searching for eight people reported overdue aboard a 28-foot pleasure craft.

Watchstanders at the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami received a report that the vessel departed Roatan, Honduras at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday en route to Utila Island and never arrived. Five Honduran citizens, one Canadian, and two U.S. citizens were reportedly on board.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard and its partner agencies have searched more than 596 square miles without any sign of the vessel.

"We will continue to do whatever we can to try and locate the missing boaters," said LCDR Gabe Somma, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. "We are fortunate to have strong interagency relationships and are poised to continue to assist our international agency partners as needed."

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vessel is urged to contact Seventh Coast Guard District watchstanders at 305-415-6683.

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