Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, the Jupiter, Florida teens who vanished after an outing at sea, have still not been found. NBC News is reporting that friends and family members have raised almost $400,000 in funds to help find the missing boys. The family is still not giving up hope that their boys are alive, with many speculating that they were able to make it to an island. The movie Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, depicted a man stranded at sea who was able to make it to a remote island. The following is a brief timeline of the disappearance of Austin and Perry.
Rick Kuntz buys his grandson, Austin Stephanos, a 19 foot boat. According to his mother, it’s his fourth boat.
Friday, July 24, 2015:
7:00 a.m. The boys have planned to take the boat out early but get a late start, according to grandfather Rick Kuntz. Kuntz doesn’t see them when he returns home but sees the clouds forming and the storm heading in.
11:25 a.m.: Austin Stephanos checks in with his mom from his cell phone. It is the last time she hears from him. He is supposed to check in periodically throughout the day. Usually, Austin always follows through—except today. Perry doesn’t have his cell phone with him.
1:30 p.m.: The boys are seen buying gas at Jib Marina. This is the last time anyone sees them.
2:00 p.m.: Just after 2:00 p.m., a video camera possibly captures the boys as they are leaving out of the Jupiter inlet.
During the day, Austin Stephanos uploads a snap chat photo that shows his fishing rods. The caption is “Peace out Jup.”
Commerical boater and fisherman Jim Dulin sees a small boat with two young boys inside, headed directly toward the storm. He tells Palm Beach News:
“I said to myself, ‘Those kids are crazy,() There’s no way they couldn’t see that storm. The storm was really black, the temperature dropped and you could tell it was going to be a really mean one.”
According to classmates, a short time later, Austin Stephanos posts another photo showing clouds forming behind them. The photo caption reads: “We’re F’cked.” The photo is removed from the account or made private.
4:00 p.m: Austin Stephanos’ grandmother notices that they are not back, and he is not answering his phone. Perry Cohen’s family is also notified and 911 is called.
4:23 p.m.:Nick Korniloff speaks with 911 operators. He tells the operator that the boys left the Jupiter inlet. He states that they did not have permission to go out into the ocean.
The Coast Guard begins actively searching for Austin and Perry.
Members of the public are outraged that two 14 year-old boy are allowed to go out on a boat alone, stating that experience on the river or inside the inlet is nothing compared to the dangers they could run into in the Gulf stream. Rumors circulate that the boys were headed to the Bahamas.
Sunday, July 26
Rick Kuntz actively looks for his grandson and his friend. The boat is eventually found capsized in the ocean. Rick Kuntz hopes to hear that the boys are on the boat but learns there was no one on board, according to WPBF.
Monday, July 27
The air search for the missing boys continues. On the ground, friends and family members actively search. That night, hundreds of people line the beach during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.
A GoFundMe account is opened to raise money for the missing teens. Some criticize this effort, stating that the families have enough money to do the search without asking for donations from the public.
Friday, July 31
It is announced in a press conference that the search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen will be called off at sundown.
Both families say the will continue searching privately.