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Families of missing teen boaters continue their own search

Saturday, August 01, 2015 - 00:50

Despite the Coast Guard suspending its search for two 14-year-old boys from Florida, the teens' families are vowing to continue with their own private search. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The family members of two teen boys who disappeared while on a fishing trip off Florida's coast said on Saturday (August 1) they are continuing private search and rescue efforts. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Friday (July 31) for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. "We have reached out to many ex-military, people who have special training and that's who we need," said Nick Stephanos, Austin's father. "We know there's a window here and think there's any opportunity and we'll do everything we can to bring these boys home shortly," he said. The boys, who were fishing buddies and neighbors in their Palm Beach County hometown, were last seen buying fuel for their 19-foot, single-engine vessel on the afternoon of July 24. Two days later, the U.S. Coast Guard found their overturned boat about 180 miles north of Jupiter, along with one life vest. Relatives have been holding out hope that several items missing from the boat, including life vests and a cooler, could be keeping them alive, the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale reported.

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Families of missing teen boaters continue their own search

Saturday, August 01, 2015 - 00:50