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Two missing boaters found safe along Florida coast

March 22, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ARIPEKA (AP) - Two missing boaters have been found safe along central Florida's Gulf coast.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Tara Molle says a good Samaritan spotted 40-year-old Allen Norfleet and 25-year-old Melissa Wells Tuesday morning and took them to shore near Aripeka, north of Tampa. From there, the couple called their families and authorities.

Norfleet and Wells were on a boat that left from an area near Aripeka around 1 p.m. Monday. Norfleet's brother contacted authorities later that evening to report that the boaters had not returned.

Marine units from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted in the search for Norfleet's 22-foot boat.



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