Hope appears to be fading that four Valdosta boaters lost for six days in the Gulf of Mexico will be found alive.
Coast Guard officials discovered their 20-foot boat Thursday 51 miles southwest of Keaton Beach. Tuesday afternoon the Coast Guard said the ignition switch was in the on position and the boat was still in gear when it was discovered floating upside down.
Two life jackets and two throw cushions were still on board. Three other life jackets were found floating in the Gulf. The Coast Guard says it will continue its search until dark, and then re-evaluate search plans for Friday. A fund has been established to help defray costs of the search.
The Four-Friends Memorial and Search Fund is set up at Regions Bank in Valdosta, and you can call 229-242-1200 for more information.