The search for the missing Florida boys, who went fishing on Friday and never returned to port, has expended as the Coast Guard searches off the coast of Georgia today. Their 19-foot boat was found capsize about 70 miles out at sea on Sunday and the family, as well as the Coast Guard, believes there is still a chance these boys are alive and floating in the ocean out there somewhere.
According to Fox News on July 28, Petty Officer Anthony Soto said Tuesday that the search for the two 14-year old boys is now going as far north in the Atlantic Ocean as Savannah, Georgia. The search will go as far south as Cape Canaveral, Florida in the hopes of spotting Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos in the ocean alive and waiting for rescue. The U.S. Navy has joined the Coast Guard in the search for these boys.
The boys set out on Friday afternoon from Jupiter, Florida and it is believed they were heading toward the Bahamas. Their capsized boat was found more than 180 miles north of where they pulled out of port in Jupiter on Friday. The boat was located overturned with neither boy in sight on Sunday morning off the coast of Ponce Inlet.
According to the Christian Science Monitor today, Pamela Cohen, Perry’s mother, said that she believes the two boys are doing everything they can to stay afloat. Carly Black, Austin Stephanos’ mom, said that both boys could swim before they could walk. They have been around water since they were born. Both mothers do not believe their sons were heading for the Bahamas as reports seem to indicate. They think their boys went fishing as usual when the weather changed and “something went amiss.”
Both mom’s responded to criticism that the teens were too young to be out on the ocean alone. Pamela Cohen compared the boys, who have been around the ocean and boats their entire lives, to kids on a farm operating the big tractors and other machinery when they are young. She said the water was “second nature” to the boys. She said it was much like kids who live in the mountains and learn how to hunt at an early age.
It is believed these young, but very experienced ocean-goers may have concocted a floatation device using a cooler that was on board along with the missing motor cover. There was as many as six life vests on board and only one was found left in the hull of the boat when the Coast Guard dropped a swimmer down from a helicopter to inspect the capsized boat when first found on Sunday.
The search has gone around the clock since Friday afternoon when the boys were reported missing at about 5 p.m., as they failed to check in with family members who said they were on the boat fishing. The Coast Guard spoke to “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning.
The spokesperson said if people want to help, they can comb the beaches anywhere between Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Savannah, Georgia, for any signs of something that might wash up from a boat or from one of the boys and report any findings to the Coast Guard. This could be helpful in narrowing down the area of the Ocean that the boys are in for the search parties. The Coast Guard would rather volunteers comb the beaches than go out on the water searching for the boys.
“Fox and Friends” Tuesday had two young friends of the missing teens on a segment of their morning show. The two teen girls spoke to the boys before they left on their fishing outing. Alivia Smallegange said the boys were going fishing and they did say “something about the Bahamas, but not too much.”
Megan Benz was the other young lady on the set who said they are praying for the boys’ safe return. Both girls looked to be about the same age as the 14-year-old boys missing. Alivia said she has kept in touch daily with Austin’s mom, who is remaining very positive and hopeful the boys will be found. This is also how these two young ladies are handling the fact that their friends are missing, with hope and prayer.