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Missing a week, boaters are home

August 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Three boaters missing for a week were reunited with their families after they were found sitting atop their capsized catamaran 180 miles from land, the Coast Guard said.

The crew of another craft spotted the men Saturday night off Port Aransas and rescued them, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Renee Aiello. A Coast Guard boat brought them back to land. They declined medical attention.

They were identified as Curtis Hall, 28, of Palacios; Tressel Hawkins, 43, of Markham; and James Phillips, 30, of Blessing, the owner of the boat.

The three were reported missing Aug. 22 after they left Matagorda, about 90 miles southwest of Houston, on a fishing trip and never returned. Port Aransas is about 130 miles from Matagorda.

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