Missing Cape Coral boaters rescued off Pine Island

The Coast Guard rescued two missing boaters approximately 40 miles west of St. James City, Florida, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Air Station Miami located the missing men on top of their capsized boat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. Two missing boaters from Cape Coral were rescued early Monday after their boat capsized 37 miles west of St. James City, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Renier Denis, 37 and Osmiel Vasquez, 35, were reported missing Sunday night when Denis’ wife told Coast Guard watchstanders they didn’t come back by dark, as expected.

A Coast Guard air crew spotted a flare within the search area at 4:40 a.m. and located the two men on top of the hull of their capsized boat, the Coast Guard said.

The size of the boat is unclear. The Coast Guard variously referred to it in a press release as 23 feet and 25 feet.