(NEW YORK) — The Coast Guard continues its search Sunday for a pair of teenagers last seen two days ago after leaving for a fishing trip off the coast of Florida.
Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14 years old, left Friday morning for the Bahamas in their 19-foot, single-engine boat, said 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 about 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.
“Both boys have their boaters certification,” said Pamela Cohen, Perry’s mother. “Perry has been on about since he was seven.”
“This is (Austin’s) fourth boat,” said Carly Black, Austin’s mother. “He’s been around boats since before he could walk. We’ve been going to the Bahamas since he was 8-months-old.”
The Coast Guard expanded its search Sunday, although rough seas overnight made the search conditions difficult.
“From my understanding, the boys are avid fisherman. They’ve been fishing their whole entire lives,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney. “But at the same time, they are still 14-year-olds.”
The families have now raised up to $60,000 as part of a reward fund for anybody who can help them find the teenagers.
“Both boys have siblings that are really looking forward to them coming home,” said Cohen.
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