Missing boy, mom reunited

December 2nd, 2009 by

FT. MYERS BEACH – A 3-year-old boy who was rescued in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday has been reunited with his mother.

A Coast Guard cutter sailed into Ft. Myers Beach around 5:40 p.m. with Luke Finch, a toddler who was the target of a massive search after he went missing from Cocoa over the weekend.

Luke was carried off the cutter by a coast Guard crew member who delivered him into his mother’s arms in a tearful reunion.

“I thank god it ended the way it did,” said Christa Finch, Luke’s mother. “It’s absolutely a miracle.”

Luke was last seen over the weekend during a planned visit by his non-custodial father, Paul Martikainen.

Witnesses reported seeing them sailing from a St. Petersburg marine.

The Coast Guard began its search, which ended when they found the boat earlier this afternoon.

Then, as the Coast Guard was towing the boat back, it began taking on water, and eventually sank. Everyone got off the boat okay.

While talking to reporters, Christa Finch said she had feared a situation where her ex-husband would try to take her child.

“I was a little afraid of this happening,” she said.

Martikainen came back separately, and will be questioned by the FBI once he comes ashore.

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