Massive Search Underway for 14-Year-Old Boys Who Went Missing off Florida Coast on Fishing Trip
Two Florida teens are missing after heading out on a fishing trip on Friday.
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen buying fuel for their boat near Jupiter, Florida, according to the Associated Press. That boat was found capsized on Sunday, about 67 miles off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet. The teens were nowhere in sight.
The discovery of the boat but not the boys has left many worried for their well-being. “We are very concerned,” Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Gabe Somma said Sunday, NBC News reports. “We are searching around the clock 24/7, hoping to bring those boys home.”
However, there are “many unknowns” complicating the rescue, according to Somma.
“Where did the vessel capsize? Where did they go in the water?” he said. “We are covering a large area and we are continuing to look.”
But Austin’s mother still has faith the boys will be found, telling the South Florida Sun Sentinel: “We are going to find them today. We are going to bring them home.”
Added Cohen’s neighbor, NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath, in a news conference: “We’ve got to believe in their wherewithal.”
On Sunday, hundreds gathered for a prayer vigil for the two boys, while the Coast Guard continued to sweep the area where the boat was found, using a HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 45-foot response boat.
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