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Florida Boys, 14, Lost At Sea — Desperate Search To Save Them

Thu, July 30, 2015 10:50am EDT by 1 Comment
Courtesy of CNN

The search for two missing teen boys has officially hit day six. The pair were last seen getting gasoline for their fishing boat in Jupiter, Florida, on July 24, before they headed out to sea. Sadly, the only remains of the pair is their capsized boat. So awful.

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing their search for two missing Florida teens, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who were last seen on July 24 getting ready to go fishing on the ocean. The teens’ boat was found two days later, capsized about 77 miles off Florida’s Ponce de Leon Inlet, which is north of Jupiter, on July 26.


Around the time Perry and Austin were heading out to go fishing, the National Weather Service was posting special marine warnings telling boaters to seek shelter, according to CNN. They never came home. Two days later, rescuers found their boat capsized about 77 miles from where they live. The search for the pair has now expanded outside of the state of Florida and is heading north towards South Carolina — six days later.

“It doesn’t take much when you are off shore,” says CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray. “Storms will pop up and the seas will build very quickly.” Crews have relentlessly been scouring the ocean around the area and now are heading up the cost in hopes that they find the boys alive.

Support Pours In For Perry & Austin

The boys’ mothers aren’t giving up hope that the two teens will be found safe and sound. “We are 100 percent committed to finding and rescuing those boys … and we will not stop until we get them back home with us,” Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen, told CNN. “We just feel very, very confident that they will be able to stick through this. They know that we’re coming for them and we will get them.”

Austin’s mother, Carly Black, also is trying to remain confident that the boys are safe. “These boys have been out there doing this forever. It’s not new to them,” she told the outlet. “They prepare for these situations.”

Former football star Joe Namath, is a neighbor of the boys’ families and has also been there for support. He told the outlet, “The history of the high seas have survival rates over the years. There have been miracles out there, and we’re planning on finding the children.”

 

Countless strangers have taken to social media as well to share their support for the families.

Our thoughts are with Perry, Austin and their family and friends at this time.

— Brittany King