- 07.04.13 03:46 PM EDT
Nine missing boaters were rescued off the coast of Honduras on Wednesday after an intense four-day search. U.S. Coast Guard members and Honduran military rescuers saved the crew, including two Americans, who never arrived at their original destination of Utila Island on Saturday. The journey was just 18 miles away from their starting point. They were later found 55 miles from the island.
The rescue effort used both U.S. and Honduran officials who combed 4,500 square miles of sea. That's the same area of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Eventually, the team spotted the vessel on the third go-around using infrared cameras to spot the waving passengers.