PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The search for two Virginia Beach boaters reported missing earlier this week has ended.
The U.S. Coast Guard told News 3 on Friday that Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale Jones, both 65, were found in their boat and 'appear to be in good health.'
Nikopoulos and Jones contacted watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Virginia command center to inform them of their safety and are now en route to Hampton.
Family reported the two as missing after they didn't return from a sailing trip from The Azores in Portugal as expected Monday. (Note: The agency originally said Jones' first name was Gale, but after News 3 reached out for further clarification, officials confirmed her name is actually Dale.")
The pair reportedly were struck by lightning after sailing through inclement weather. After rigging a spare sail, the pair sailed to Virginia.
The two mariners are not in distress and have not requested Coast Guard assistance. All concerned parties have been informed of the mariners safety.
“We are extremely happy to learn Yanni and Dale are found and are safe," said James Cifers, operations unit watchstander in the Fifth District Command Center. "It is truly wonderful the pair will be reunited with their friends and family soon.”