MIAMI — The capsized vessel two missing teens were last seen aboard was located by Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews 67 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet, Florida, Sunday.
The vessel was located at approximately 11 a.m. by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 aircrew. A Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew was dispatched, lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat, and confirmed the vessel’s registration.
At this time a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Station Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew continue to search the missing teens.
At approximately 5 p.m. Friday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received the report that Austin Stephanos, 14, and Perry Cohen, 14, were aboard a 19-foot white single engine center console vessel. They were last seen in the Jupiter, Florida, are at approximately 1:30 p.m after purchasing $110 worth of fuel.
The following Search-and-rescue crews have assisted with the search:
- Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
- Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft
- Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 aircraft
- Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater deployed MH-60 helicopter
- Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark
- Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish
- Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce
- Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet
- Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft
- Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office
Rescue crews have covered more than 25,453 square nautical miles.
If you have any information that could assist with the search, please contact the authorities.