Coast Guard officials said in a news release they received a call late Wednesday stating that 55-year-old Jay Connelly had not returned from a trip on his 16-foot (4.8-meter) boat.
A Jayhawk helicopter crew and a response boat crew began searching for Connelly. The fire rescue crew spotted him some 5 miles (8 kilometers) off the Florida Gulf Coast.
Connelly was brought to shore. He suffered no injuries.
Coast Guard Command Duty Officer Richard Hutchinson says Connelly did the right thing by letting friends know his plans and by wearing a life jacket.
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