Published: Aug 06, 2010 8:21 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 06, 2010 5:21 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for three South Florida-area boaters who are overdue.

Authorities on Friday says they are searching from Fort Pierce to Fort Lauderdale and east to the Bahamas.

The boaters were supposed to return from a fishing trip on Thursday.

A family member contacted the Coast Guard early Friday saying the boaters did not return at sunset as planned. They had left Riviera Beach aboard Shademaker, a 32-foot blue-and-white center-console SeaVee.

The Bahamian Air and Sea Rescue Association also sent an aircraft to help find the boaters, and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has boats searching.