Coast Guard continuing search for 2 missing FL boys off coast

Coast Guard continuing search for 2 missing FL boys off coast

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Coast Guard is continuing the search for two missing teenagers from Florida, a day after extending the search zone to the Charleston coast.

"There is no plan to suspend the search today," Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss, the spokesman for the Florida Coast Guard district, said Wednesday. Doss's remarks came after an earlier report that the Coast Guard was suspending the search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14.

At noon Wednesday, three vehicles pulled into the driveway of Cohen's home, and representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Tequesta Police got out and met with the family.

A report by the Coast Guard states that at approximately 5 p.m. Friday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Miami command center received the report that Austin and Perry were aboard a 19-foot white single engine center console vessel and were last seen in the Jupiter area at approximately 1:30 p.m., after purchasing $110 worth of fuel.

"On Sunday at 11 a.m., a Coast Guard C-130 located a capsized vessel 67 nautical miles east of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida," authorities say."A Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew was dispatched, lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat, and confirmed the vessel's registration."

Coast Guard officials say search crews have conducted 39 search patterns covering more than 30,992 square nautical miles from Jupiter, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina."

According to the Coast Guard, other agencies involved in the search include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Customs and Border Protection, Flagler County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"We continue to search for the missing boys," said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th district. "We're constantly reevaluating the situation to determine our next course of action, however as each hour goes by, the situation becomes dire."

The boys are described as consummate seamen who grew up on the water and spent much of their free time boating and fishing.

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