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Tugboat crew rescues adrift boaters

Two boaters who were adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for several days were rescued last Thursday by a tugboat crew 90 miles northwest of Tarpon Springs, Fla.

The boaters left June 18 from Captiva Island, Fla., and were scheduled to arrive five days later in Cancun, Mexico, but never did.

A man aboard the tug barge Rikki S. spotted the men around 6:30 p.m. on a raft 90 miles northwest of Tarpon Springs and rescued them.

The boaters told the good Samaritan they had been lost at sea after their barge sank.

The good Samaritan called the Coast Guard, who arrived and transported the men to the Coast Guard sector in St. Petersburg.

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