TEQUESTA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Coast Guard says a boat belonging to two missing 14-year-old fishermen has been found off Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says the boat was found Sunday about 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat.
“They’ve been through rough water, they’ve been through thin water. It doesn’t matter,” Cohen’s father said. “Those are salty dog kids. They know what they’re doing out there.”
Lehmann says the boat was found capsized and neither boy was in or around the boat.READ MORE: Many New Yorkers Canceling, Scaling Back Halloween Festivities Due To COVID Concerns
The boat will be anchored in place while search-and-rescue efforts continue. Lehmann says the Coast Guard is recalculating its search plans based on the boat’s location.
NFL Hall of Famer and former New York Jets player Joe Namath is offering a $100,000 reward in the search. Perry is Namath’s neighbor, and the former football player said the boys were experienced boaters.
“I am confident that they are out there,” Cohen said. “They are OK and we just need to find them.”MORE NEWS: Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun Was 'Cold' Before Fatal Movie Set Shooting, Court Records Show
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