Perry Cohen & Austin Stephanos
Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen are strong swimmers and avid boaters and fisherman. They grew up on the water and had vacationed with their families in the islands 85 miles east of Palm Beach County. They had the skill and knowledge to make the journey, even if it seemed like quite a feat for boys about to start high school.
As of 10 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard had searched more than 7,100 miles of ocean waters from Jupiter to Melbourne. Crews overnight were concentrating on an area 35 miles east of Fort Pierce.
Ocean currents current alone could have taken the boys far from the inlet, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said Saturday. Authorities notified the Royal Bahamian Defense Force and provided them with photos in the event they come across the teens while doing patrols, he said.
Both families are begging anyone with any information about the boys whereabouts to come forward.