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Old 07-26-2015, 06:14 PM   #16
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Re: Missing fishermen

Finding the boat is better than nothing. I asked Dylan Newman today at the BBO weigh-in if he knew them. He knows them and had spoken with Austin the night before they disappeared. Dylan doubts they were trying to go to the Bahamas because they did not have a functioning GPS on board. God speed their return. As Broadway Joe Namath says, let's keep on praying.

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"The boat a pair of missing Florida teenagers went missing in two days ago was found off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet in central Florida, the Coast Guard said today.

The recovered boat was capsized and damaged, and neither boy was in or around the boat, the Coast Guard said.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14 years old, left Friday morning in their 19-foot, single-engine boat, for a fishing trip, according to the Coast Guard. The teenagers checked in with their parents at 11 a.m. and were Snapchatting photos of the boat and their fishing gear around noon.

The teenagers were last seen at 1:30 p.m., buying more than $100 worth of fuel at a marina in Jupiter, Florida.

The boys were reported missing by their parents about 5 p.m. Friday.

Perry's stepfather, Nick Korniloff, said today they don’t know how much food and water the boys have, but insisted the boys "know what they're doing out there."

"I have all the confidence in Austin and his abilities to operate a boat," Korniloff said at a press conference.

“Both boys have their boaters certification,” said Pamela Cohen, Perry's mother. “Perry has been on a boat really since he was seven."

"Austin, this is his fourth boat," said Carly Black, Austin's mother. "He's been around boats since before he could walk."

A $100,000 reward has been issued for their safe return, Korniloff said.

"We are positive that our boys are still out there," Korniloff said. "We’ll do anything to get our children back."

Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath, a neighbor of the families who's known the boys for years, joined the parents at a press conference today.

"I know they know what they’re doing,” Namath said. “Austin’s been sharp and on the water a good while. Perry is just as sharp as can be.

“We just keep on praying," Namath said.

Searchers are looking at factors including weather, sea conditions and currents, Tequesta Police Chief Christopher Elg said at today's press conference.

Searchers have covered more than 14,000 nautical square miles so far, Elg said, and search efforts are being expanded today, which could bring coverage up to 25,000 nautical square miles.

"From my understanding, the boys are avid fisherman. They've been fishing their whole entire lives," Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. "But at the same time, they're still 14 years old."

"Both boys have siblings that are really looking forward to them coming home," Cohen said."
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:16 PM   #17
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Re: Missing fishermen

Engine cowl is reported missing. I see this as a good sign as they likely had time to gather floatable gear that was reported on board. They had a good size cooler and I assume some dive gear.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:21 PM   #18
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Re: Missing fishermen

unimmaginable pain for the families...
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:24 PM   #19
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I'm with you Moose. What worries me is time spent in the water, as divers we know that even a couple hours in the water can fatigue someone. Exposure and time are the enemy right now
14 year old boys like them are my top pick for surviving things. They do stuff for fun that would end many of us in a day. My money and prayers are on them being picked up soon.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:11 PM   #20
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Re: Missing fishermen

They were not going for the bahamas, they were headed in the direction of the bahamas (east) to fish for dolphin. The news doesn't know enough to report accurately. I was caught in that storm, it was super nasty, if the boat capsized and they fell out. They wouldn't have a snow balls chance of swimming to it when its gusting over 35kts.


The cowling off is a double sided sword, either they grabbed it in preparation, or they were having engine issues when it hit.


I want nothing more than to see Austin and his friend to make it home safe.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:00 PM   #21
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Re: Missing fishermen

It's suprising how fast things happen on the water. I sank an 18' cc in the middle of the Delaware bay a few years ago. I got caught in a storm and literally 30 seconds elapsed between cutting my anchor line, taking 2 waves over the bow, submerging my outboard, and sinking the boat. This was a freak storm that took the wind from 5-10 knots to gusts of 50+. Seas went from 1-2' to 8' with the flip of a switch.
I was at the helm with my radio on but didn't have time to put out a distress call. Your instincts take over and mine was to get away from the boat when it sank. I had a pile of life jackets on board that went down with the boat, no time to get them.
My leaning post/ cooler broke free from the deck, but the wind immediately pushed it out of reach. Luckily for me, there was a boat near by that saw what happened and pulled us out of the 47 degree water. They had a 32' pilot house that could only maintain 6-8 knots back to fortescue while taking many waves over the bow. If that boat wasn't a pilot house, it would have been swamped as well.
I'm really hoping these boys were able to get hold of something to keep them afloat. It's sad to watch this unfold especially for someone who's been there.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:32 PM   #22
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Re: Missing fishermen

Joe Namath joins the search for two missing South Florida boys

http://www.wptv.com/news/region-n-pa...h-florida-boys

A couple of pics from this article of the boys growing up:

Teens' missing boat found overturned, no one on board

http://m.wpbf.com/news/coast-guard-s...aters/34347492



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Old 07-27-2015, 05:02 AM   #23
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Re: Missing fishermen

so sad...I hope and pray for a good outcome
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:35 AM   #24
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The story has gone national. I woke in the middle of the night last night after an exhausting Big Bang Open day thinking about these young fellows and remembering my teen days growing up boating and fishing in the same area as them.


Coast Guard continues search for missing Florida teens

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coa...ens/ar-AAdxaXV
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:53 AM   #25
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Hope those boys are brought home safe.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:06 AM   #26
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The story has gone national. I woke in the middle of the night last night after an exhausting Big Bang Open day thinking about these young fellows and remembering my teen days growing up boating and fishing in the same area as them.


Coast Guard continues search for missing Florida teens

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coa...ens/ar-AAdxaXV
USA Today is also covering the story.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:09 AM   #27
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Re: Missing fishermen

Seems right now in typical social media form, people are pretty much going buck wild regardless that the law clearly states these boys were completely legal in their action. If you own it, you can be 14 years old and legally operate a PWC, with proper certification.Thinking back I almost cant believe the things I was doing at 14...I see a lot of myself in these kids and im sure most fishermen/mariners might as well. and I know a ton of younger people down here that have boats...most 'sweet 16 presents down here are a 12-16 foot cc..its better they fish and enjoy the water then to be glued to theirs phones and or out doing drugs...

The whole state/nation/ people in Bahamas have banded together to find these young men, I know I was saying my prayers last night hoping they would be found. If human beings in this sick day and age can still come together to put this much effort to find 2 young men like this, I dont think there is any we cant do.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:54 AM   #28
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Re: Missing fishermen

Does the engine cowl float?
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:26 AM   #29
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Re: Missing fishermen

I heard the boat might have been an open transom sea craft, (sink craft).
I had a similar incident happen to me and 2 other captains on board a 26
open transom Mako in the Keys.(Open Transoms Suck)
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I hope they are fighters.My youngest boy is 14.I wouldnt know how to cope if something happened to him.
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