Three missing canoers found safe in Big Cypress National Preserve

Three California visitors were found safe at 4 a.m. today in Big Cypress National Preserve about five miles from where they set out 11 a.m. Monday in a rented canoe.

The trio, two men and a woman in their 20s, had rented the canoe from Glades Haven Cozy Cabins at 801 Copeland Ave., in Everglades City.

A marina staffer sounded the alarm when the canoers didn’t return on schedule at 5 p.m., prompting a search by helicopters and a marine unit after the Collier County Sheriff’s Office was alerted.

Today, Big Cypress National Preserve spokesman Bob DeGross said the canoers entered the preserve through connecting creeks and wound up in a residential area that houses some of the preserve’s staff.

When found, the three were said to be in good condition and did not need medical attention

Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristi Lester said Wednesday morning that a police report on the incident will likely not be made..

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