Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Missing Key West family, boat found safe in Ft. Myers

A missing Key West family that left on a sailboat turned up safe Wednesday in Fort Myers, where they had been headed, according to unofficial reports.

"We did talk to them and they reported the family is fine," Key West Coast Guard Lt. Jay Hagwood said of the Page family, comprising Andrew, 40, his wife Melissa, 37, and three children age 5 to 11. "Apparently they got beat up on the trip, but everyone is OK. But we haven't confirmed that yet."

Andrew Page, a former Niles Sales Service Nissan mechanic, called his new employer, Infiniti of Fort Myers, Wednesday afternoon to report that they made it in their 30-foot catamaran sailboat a little worse for wear after a long sail, according to Hagwood.

A friend had last seen the family Oct. 18 in Kemp Channel near Cudjoe Key. The Coast Guard began looking for them when they didn't show up in Fort Myers on the expected date.

Hagwood stressed that until Coast Guard crews "put eyes on the boat and speak to the family," the agency can't officially close the case.

The Page family sailboat previously was anchored in front of Niles Sales & Service near Cow Key Channel, said owner Jack Niles. "Our prayers were answered," Niles said Wednesday afternoon. "We're glad they're safe and the children are safe and we wish them the best."

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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