Two teens strayed from the agreed-upon boundaries for their fishing trip, and since then the Coast Guard has conducted a massive search off Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Nick Korniloff, Perry Cohen’s stepfather said Perry Cohen and his friend Austin Stephanos were supposed to steer clear of the deep waters and stay on the Loxahatchee River during their outing on Friday. However, he doubts the boys headed for the Bahamas, as some people might have speculated.
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The boys were last seen that Friday afternoon when they have bought $ 110 worth fuel near Jupiter. That very afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rains hit the Jupiter area, but yet it remains to be seen what had happened to the teens who ventured on this fishing trip.
After the boys did not return home the Coast Guard started their search. The boys’ boat was found on Sunday, capsized on a beach more than 180 miles from the place where the boys started their journey. The Cost Guard continued their search of the area concentration on the Gulf Stream and the Ocean.
The families’ of the boys even pledged a $100,000 reward in the search and even a celebrity joined in on the search – the NFL Hall of Fame football player Joe Namath. It seems like everyone is searching the local beaches with high hopes of finding these boys, but the search remains futile.
As for the boat which has been found capsized, it was indeed overturned, but it did not appear to be damaged. A life jacket was found near the boat, however there is no information about the number of jackets which were on the boat prior to the accident.
Since July 24, and the boys’ missing the search was relentless as both the sea and air search gave no clues of the location of the boys. However, the Coast Guard still searches the area and doesn’t give up on the idea that they will in fact find the boys even though a lot of time has already past.
“As time goes on, certainly the probability of finding someone alive does decrease, but we’re still within the timeframe where it’s definitely possible to find somebody alive,” said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss. He also added that it is possible that the boys have survived, noting others have survived even a week at sea. “We know it can happen and we’re hoping it happens again”, added Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss.