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Bridge City girl among 8 on missing boat off Honduras

A family photo of Amber Marie Burkett A family photo of Amber Marie Burkett
Arrows locate the Honduran Bay Islands of Utila (left) and Roatan (Google Maps) Arrows locate the Honduran Bay Islands of Utila (left) and Roatan (Google Maps)

A 16-year-old girl is among eight people whose boat remains missing after three days off the Honduran coast.

The family of Amber Marie Burkett tells FOX 8 that the girl was on vacation in the Central American country when she left for a boat ride Saturday.  The English-language service Honduras News reports Burkelt was among two Americans, five Hondurans and a Canadian on the 26-foot speed boat.

FOX 8 received this news release from the U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday evening:

Coast Guard crews are searching for eight people including five Honduran citizens, one Canadian citizen and two U.S. citizens, reported overdue aboard a 28-foot 100 horsepower outboard engine pleasure craft with a white hull and top.

Watchstanders at the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami received a report of a center-console motor vessel that departed the west end of Roatan, Honduras at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday en route to the Utila Island, Honduras. A family member of two U.S. citizens aboard the vessel reported they never arrived in Utila Island as anticipated.

Upon receiving notification, the Coast Guard immediately began search and rescue coordination efforts with the Rescue Coordination Center in Cocensa, Honduras and issued an Enhanced Group Call (EGC). An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., launched, assisted by UH-60 helicopter and C-12 aircraft crews attached to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Honduran navy vessels are also assisting in the search.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard and its partner agencies have searched more than 596 square miles without any sign of the vessel.

"We will continue to do whatever we can to try and locate the missing boaters," said LCDR Gabe Somma, Public Affairs Officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. "We are fortunate to have strong interagency relationships and are poised to continue to assist our international agency partners as needed."

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vessel is urged to contact Seventh Coast Guard District watchstanders at 305-415-6683.

Monitor FOX8Live.com for updates to this story.

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