Four Missing Boaters Found 40 Miles off Key West Coast

iStock/Thinkstock(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- After a search that covered nearly 4,000 square nautical miles, crews Wednesday found four boaters -- including two children -- who were reported missing Tuesday night when they didn't return from a snorkeling trip off Key West, Florida.

The Coast Guard said the boaters were in good spirits and good health.

A concerned family member contacted the Coast Guard on Tuesday evening after the group -- David Thompson, 48; Adam Kelley, 28; Joshua Thompson, 15; and Evan Thompson, 11 -- did not return from their trip. They had been expected back before 4 p.m. that day, the Coast Guard said.

Search crews found the missing boat Wednesday nearly 40 nautical miles northwest of Key West, the Coast Guard said Wednesday afternoon.

The boaters left Banana Bay Resort in Key West on Tuesday in a 25-foot Grady-White to snorkel about 6 miles north of Key West.

The search was conducted by air and sea, the Coast Guard said.

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