Missing Ohio family found in the Everglades

Posted at 9:44 PM, Apr 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-05 21:51:47-04

An Ohio family was found safe Friday in the wilderness of the Florida Everglades after going missing the night before.

“We weren’t able to see them, we were only able to hear them,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said, according to CBS 4. “They are in good condition.”

The father, Scott Schreck, said the family’s airboat became stuck in the brush after he made a bad turn.


The family’s airboat. The airboat. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

Schreck told CBS 4″ “We came to the end of one canal and took a right turn but we couldn’t turn the boat around.”

Schreck, his wife and their three young boys were taking a spring break vacation. It was their first time exploring the Everglades.

Rescuers scoured a thousand square miles in search of the family.

“It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Arnold Piedrahita Jr. told the AP.

Asked if he would do anything differently, Schreck told CBS 4, “Yeah. Just know where you are. This is the first time I had been out been there.”

He added that his wife probably wouldn’t be getting back in the airboat anytime soon.