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Family Press Release 8/7/15
Jupiter, Fla. to Wilmington, NC (Aug. 6, 2015)‐‐The families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, the two teenage boys lost at sea when their 19‐foot Sea Craft boat capsized off the Florida coast, confirmed that recently recovered articles are being evaluated for a linkage to the boat.
A family spokesperson confirmed that the recovered articles, which consist of two life vests and a white throw cushion, match the description of articles known to have been on the boat. “We are fully aware that these articles are like those found on practically every boat. However, nothing conclusive has been found since the Coast Guard located the boat on July 26 ‐‐ 11 days ago. So, while we are skeptical, we will treat these articles as potential clues.”
A canine expert is in the area where the articles were recovered. The canine team is using clothing belonging to Austin and Perry to evaluate the articles. At this stage, we have confidence in the experts and their process and will continue to exercise our best judgment.”
The privately funded search spans from the coastline of Jupiter, Fla. to Wilmington, NC. Severe weather continues to hamper the ability of the searchers to exercise the full scope of the operational plan.
“Based on what we have found, we intend to focus additional resources on the sounds from Brunswick to Savannah.” The area is large and the terrain is difficult. When pressed on the kinds of assets that could assist in the search, the spokesperson cited the need for center console, shallow draft vessels equipped with marine band radios, canine assets, and beach searchers.
Articles still missing include life vests, a white YETI Tundra 35‐quart cooler, a recently painted engine cover (Yamaha silver‐grey) with no decals, a translucent Plano tackle box, and a pair of white Royal brand fishing/rain boots.
“Of the missing articles, the location of the white YETI Tundra 35‐quart cooler could hold significant information. We are at the point where we need volunteers on the beaches, the waterways, and in the air.”
Contact: Nicholas Korniloff [], (561) 613‐9695
For Immediate Release
The family asks those on the waterways to remain alert and vigilant. If any of the missing items are found, please immediately call 1‐352‐222‐3314, or email

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