Search for Austin & Perry Extends to South Carolina

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Search for Austin & Perry Extends to South Carolina

This afternoon, the Coast Guard said its search for two missing teen boaters from Florida has extended into Charleston, South Carolina.

The new search area is more than 500 miles to the north from where Austin and Perry set out to go fishing.

The pair left Jupiter, Florida, on Friday afternoon and haven’t been seen since. They were last seen purchasing $110 worth of gas for their 19-foot boat and were believed to be heading toward the Bahamas. Their capsized boat was found Sunday morning off the coast of Ponce Inlet, more than 180 miles north of where they started their journey and 18 miles offshore.

A prayer vigil for the teens is set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart Beach, located at 889 NE Ocean Boulevard.

Other agencies involved in the search include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Customs and Border Protection, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“We continue to search for the missing boys,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th district. “We’re constantly reevaluating the situation to determine our next course of action, however as each hour goes by, the situation becomes dire.”

 

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