Missing Family Found; Schreck Family Spent The Night Lost In The Everglades

on April 5, 2013 5:32 PM EDT

Missing Family found
A family went missing after taking a wrong turn in a rented airboat, like the one pictured here. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A missing family found in the Everglades got lost when they took a wrong turn in their rented airboat on Thursday. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials tell news today that the missing family was found safe after a massive search and rescue effort. Rescued today were Scott Schreck, 44; Carie, 42; and sons Drew, 9; Luke, 7; and Zane, who is between 3 and 4. The missing family was found unharmed despite spending the night out in the open.

"Took a right and couldn't get the boat turned around," Scott Schreck, 44, told reporters after he and his family were brought back to dry land. "This is the first time I've been out here, so obviously I'm a novice on this body of water. Not the thing to do."

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The missing family was found after a search that included helicopters, airplanes and at least six airboats. Searchers were looking over some 1,000 square miles north of Everglades National Park. It is covered in tall, sharp-edged sawgrass and dark cypress tree stands that limit visibility. Not to mention the alligators, Florida panthers, bears, mosquitos and snakes that call the Everglades home.

"It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Arnold Piedrahita Jr.

Schreck is a golf pro who oversees three courses in northeast Ohio.

"I'm sure he would do it with a cool, calm manner and think of the best possible way to get out of the situation or to survive in a situation until help comes," said Dominic Antenucci, executive director of the Northern Ohio section of the PGA.

Mike Cavey, president of Granite Golf Properties which operates the courses, said Schreck is an experienced outdoorsman and fisherman who hunts ducks in northern Ohio marshes from an airboat.

"So it's not like a rookie going into the middle of the Everglades and doesn't know what he's doing," Cavey said.

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