Published: Nov 29, 2011 5:00 AM EST
Updated: Nov 29, 2011 5:05 AM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla -- Four Naples men are home safe after a terrifying 24 hours stranded at sea.

The men went on a day long fishing trip Sunday morning just off Marco Island, but they didn't return at sunset.

The daughter and one sister of two of the men called the coast guard when they didn't return. It was her concern that lead to the dramatic rescue.

Fabian Rodriguez is thankful to be alive and home safely with his family. Rodriguez went fishing with his son and two friends Sunday morning when their boat suddenly capsized off the coast of Marco Island.

Rodriguez says, "something happens unexpectedly and I saw death face to face."

For 23 hours they were stranded in the frigid Gulf of Mexico.

"That's when I started thinking of my kids, my princess, everything I was going to lose and I just asked God to help me with this," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez's daughter Daylin was the one who made the call to the Coast Guard when her dad didn't come home.

"Exactly 12:03 a.m. That's when I called the Coast Guard," says Daylin. "We waited there up until 4:30 a.m. with the officers filling out reports and stuff. High tide, that's when I started getting scared. Still nothing."

The men were finally spotted by a plane early Monday morning. Finally back on land and finally reunited with their family.

"I just want to thank God that I'm by my families side," Rodriguez said.

All four men made it out with just a few bumps and bruises. The coast guard says their life jackets and the fact that they stayed with the boat was key in their safe return.