Families Of Missing Teen Boaters Make Difficult Decision To End Search

Families Of Missing Teen Boaters Make Difficult Decision To End Search


GOOD EVENING. CBS EVENING NEWS STARTS RIGHT NOW. ON PRIVATELY FUNDED SEARCH FOR THE TWO JUPITER TEENS MISSING AT SEA FOR TWO WEEKS IS OVER. THE FAMILIES OF THE TEENS SAY WITHOUT NEW CREDIBLE SEARCH THE SEARCH IS NO LONGER PRACTICABLE. DONNA, WE ALL HOPED THAT SEARCH WOULD END DIFFERENTLY. WE DID AND AUSTIN AND PERRY’S FAMILIES WERE FORCED TO MAKE THIS DECISION AFTER CONTINUING TO SEARCH INDEPENDENTLY FOR THE BOYS AFTER THE COAST GUARD CALL OFF THEIR OWN SEARCH. THEIR HOME NOW IS THEIR PRAYER. WE KNOW THERE IS A WINDOW HERE AND OPPORTUNITY. THESE ARE THE THOUGHTS SHARED A WEEK AGO WHEN THE U.S. COAST GUARD ENDED ITS SEARCH. NOW THE FAMILIES HAVE CALLED OFF THEIR OWN ONGOING EFFORTS. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FAMILY SAID THEY DECIDED TO CALL IT OFF FACED WITH THE HARSH REALITY THAT ABSENT NEW INFORMATION AND CONTINUING THE SEARCH IS NOT PRACTICAL. PERRY AND AUSTIN NEVER RETURNED FROM THE FISHING SEA IN PALM BEACH COUNTY ON FRIDAY, JULY 24th. WE HAVE CONCERN THAT NOBODY IS ON BOARD. TWO DAYS LATER THAT SUNDAY, THE COAST GUARD FOUND THEIR 19 FOOT BOAT CAPSIZED FURTHER NORTH OFF OF THE COAST OF DAYTONA BEACH. THE COAST GUARD SEARCHED FROM FLORIDA TO NORTH CAROLINA. I HAVE A 14-YEAR-OLD AND A 13-YEAR-OLD, SO THE DECISION TO SUSPEND WAS EXCRUCIATING AND GUT-WRENCHING STORY ME. AT THAT POINT THE PRIVATELY LEAD SEARCH FLIPPED INTO HIGH GEAR AND PEOPLE EVERYWHERE DOE THAT ITING MONEY AND TIME AND BOATS AND AIRCRAFT TO HELP. DESPITE THEIR YOUNG AGES PERRY AND AUSTIN WERE EXPERIENCED AT FISHING AND BOATING AND THEY LIVED TO AS THE SOFT LIFE ALWAYS ON OR NEAR THE WATERS OFF OF THE COAST OF FLORIDA. THEY PASSED THE BOATING SAFETY COURSES AND EARNING THEIR CERTIFICATE. THE FAMILIES SAY WE LOVE OUR BOYS AND WANT THEM HOME. OUR HOPE IS OUR PRAYER THAT ONE DAY PERRY AND AUSTIN WILL RETURN TO US. WE THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND SUPPORT. HEART BREAKING. THE FAMILIES ARE STARTING A FOUNDATION IN HONOR OF PERRY AND AUSTIN FOR BOATING

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