ESTERO BAY, Fla. – Missing boaters had been found alive Wednesday night time off the coast of Naples.

Joe Nita, 81, and Brian Daugherty, seventy-two, were mentioned lacking to the Coast Guard by way of one in every one of their spouses on Wednesday morning once they failed to return from their boating trip.

They have been remaining seen in a 22-foot, blue-and-white pontoon boat rented from Snook Bight Marina near Estero Bay Tuesday.

Officials stated Nita and Daugherty have been supposed to go back the pontoon the day before this at four p.M. However, in no way came back to the jetty.

Search crews with the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish, and Wildlife Conservation, and a couple of regulation enforcement agencies launched a search boat from Fort Myers Beach and an aircraft from Clearwater at 10 a.M. Wednesday to begin searching, focusing on inland waterways.

The Coast Guard spotted their pontoon close to Naples on Wednesday night time, six miles from Doctors Pass, and said the men did now not appear to be in distress.

Later within the night time, the boaters informed officers with the Coast Guard that they got misplaced and ran out of gas. They said they referred to as the Snook Bight Marina for guidelines due to the fact they had been disoriented on Tuesday but nevertheless were given misplaced off-shore of Fort Myers Beach. Their boat ran out of gasoline, so they attempted signaling people but ended up drifting all night.

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