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Coast Guard finds two men who had been missing at sea

April 13, 2011 |  7:59 am

Two men who went missing while returning from a sailing trip to Catalina Island were found early Wednesday morning by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Albert Bosco and Kirk Williams had been missing since late Monday afternoon after departing from Dana Point aboard a 26-foot sailboat.

They had informed relatives to call for help if they failed to return by Monday evening. After being alerted, the Coast Guard deployed two 87-foot patrol boats, a helicopter and an airplane, officials said.

The men were spotted on their boat around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators were still trying to figure out why they got lost, said Lt. Ana Thorsson of the Coast Guard.

Thorsson said the incident is a reminder to mariners to carry a marine radio and a GPS device, which the men did not. A Coast Guard boat escorted the two to safety.

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