Three missing boaters safe

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE: Three boaters reported missing in the Gulf of Mexico are safe, according to the Coast Guard.

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The Coast Guard resumed its search this morning for three adult boaters who left Hernando Beach Sunday morning and never returned.

The trio left the marina around 10 a.m.  They were supposed to return by 5 p.m.

When they didn't show up, a friend called the Coast Guard. A search until nighttime turned up nothing.

According to a statement, the three were novice boaters testing a 25-foot sailboat.

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