KEATON BEACH, FL (AP) -- The Coast Guard is continuing its search in the Gulf of Mexico this morning for four boaters who departed from Keaton Beach yesterday and haven't returned.
The four boaters are all from south Georgia. They left around noon and were expected to return to the Keaton Beach Marina at 6 pm yesterday in their 20-foot "Sea Craft." The water is rough in the area, with six-foot seas and 20-knot winds.
Keaton Beach is on the Big Bend of the Gulf Coast of Florida, about 45 miles southeast of Tallahassee. The search includes the coastline and gulf out to 70 miles west of Keaton Beach. Planes, rescue boats and a Coast Guard cutter are searching the sea.
The Coast Guard identified the missing boaters as: 24-year-old Dan Hutchinson, 24-year-old Jeremy Giffin, 20-year-old Amanda Player, and 38-year-old Dominic Barrows.