(Everglades file photos by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Miami) - A missing family of five from Medina County has been found safe in the Everglades.
The family of two adults and three children had been missing since 3 p.m. on Thursday, according to Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
They were identified as Scott Schreck, 44, Carie Schreck, 42, and their three children, 9-year-old Drew, 7-year-old Luke and Zane, who is between 3 and 4 years old. The family from Seville was located around 1 p.m. on Friday.
The family took an airboat ride without a guide. Investigators say the boat belonged to the family. It apparently got stuck on some brush, which Pino says is common.
"In this particular situation apparently they got really stuck and it was very difficult for them to get out," Pino said.
The family had to spend the night on the boat.
"It was raining last night. There was a thunderstorm. There was a lightning storm. There are mosquitoes out there. It's not a the best place to want to spend the night if you don't know what you're doing," he said.
Pino said Scott is said to be an avid outdoors man.
"The Everglades in general is a beautiful place to come and visit, but you have to do it in a responsible way. You have to try and go out with someone who knows what they're doing to avoid a situation like this," he said.
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