POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 5:02pm
ROATAN, HONDURAS (NBC33) — A 16-year-old girl from Bridge City is among the group of boaters who were rescued by the Coast Guard in Honduras.
The boat carrying 8 people went missing Saturday evening. Its destination was Utila Island, Honduras, a popular tourist destination.
The Coast Guard launched a rescue mission and searched more than 4,502 square miles, which is an area greater than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
The boaters were located on Wednesday, July 3 at roughly 10:30 a.m. They were roughly 55 miles northwest of their intended destination.
"The eight young boaters were safely rescued today due to the vigilant search efforts by the Coast Guard and our partner agencies assisting in the search. Ultimately these efforts saved the lives of these eight boaters," said Rear Adm. Jake Korn, commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District. "This case underscores the importance of having safety equipment such as a registered emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) onboard your vessel; EPIRBs help us respond quickly to the exact position of mariners in distress."
According to WDSU, one of the missing boaters is Louisiana-native Amber Burkett. Her mother said Burkett was staying with family friends on the Caribbean Island.