Even if the promise of never ceasing to look for them remains intact, they have cancelled the private search for them.
The two teenagers have been missing for over two weeks. On July 24, they took their 19-foot engine fishing boat and went on a single-day drip together but never came back.
The Coast Guard and other authorities searched for them for a long time but their families continued their private search even afterwards.
However, on Sunday, August 9, a spokesman talked to NBC Miami, saying: “Absent new information, continuing the search is not practical” and that the boys’ families “faced the harsh reality of no new, credible evidence or clues to guide the search.”
Even if the private search is over now, the families still hope to see them return home one day: “We love our boys and want them home. Today, our hope becomes our prayer – that one day Perry and Austin will be returned to us,” they said.
They also thanked both the Coast Guard for doing their best to find their young relatives, and all the people who contributed in any way. Even if they could not find the boys, their efforts made a huge difference in their lives.
The rescue teams found various objects such as the capsized boat, the life jackets and a white Yeti cooler, that indicated the teenagers had made flotation devices.
Volunteers, along with the Coast Guard covered about 25,000 square meters of ocean, from Jupiter, Florida to Wilmington in North Carolina.
The families were able to carry out the private search thanks to the GoFundMe campaign that raised up to half a million dollars. This enabled them to pay for boat fuel, supplies and even a private plane search. Unfortunately, this campaign stopped two days ago and the funds became limited for the two families.
Both Austin and Perry were extremely experienced boaters and this is why it was so hard for their families to accept that they died at sea. According to the boys’ parents they were very good swimmers and knew how to handle a boat even when the wind was rough.
Now the members of the two families made a promise to keep their name alive by establishing a charitable foundation that promotes boating education and safety among teenagers.
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