MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews continue the search for two boys reported overdue after not returning from their fishing trip in the vicinity of Jupiter, Florida, Saturday.
Austin Stephanos, 14, and Perry Cohen, 14, are missing. The pair was last seen in the Jupiter area.
At approximately 5 p.m. Friday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received the report that both boys were aboard a 19-foot white single engine center console vessel. They were last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m after purchasing $110 worth of fuel.
The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched an HC-144 “Ocean Sentry” airplane and an MH-65 “Dolphin” helicopter out of Coast Guard Air Station Miami along with boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet and Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce. The Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell and the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark are also searching with the assistance of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. A Coast Guard HC-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater is also assisting with the search.
The Coast Guard intends to search throughout the day for the missing teens. Rescue crews have covered more than 5,300 square nautical miles and are currently searching off the coast of Melbourne, Florida.
If you have any information that could assist with the search, please contact the authorities.