Coast Guard: 2 men rescued after sailboat runs aground near marina in Fort Myers

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FORT MYERS, Florida — Officials say two boaters were found several hours after being reported missing near Fort Myers.

The U.S. Coast Guard found the men early Monday shortly after a friend reported them missing. She told authorities the men had not been heard from since leaving the Shell Point Marina on Sunday evening.

The News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/17hv1qE ) reports the 20-foot sailboat ran aground near the marina early Monday. The men said the sailboat was purchased for renovation. It had no sails or motor and they were using a trolling motor to move. No safety equipment was on the boat.

Petty officer Grant T. Lacy reminds boaters that even short trips are dangerous if they don't have safety equipment that is required by law.

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