JUPITER, FL – Time is running out for the safe return of two 14-year-old Florida boys who set out on a fishing trip last week and did not return. Their capsized single-engine boat found adrift, upside down.
Experts say Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen could survive in the open water four days, maybe five.
"We still want to be optimistic that these 14-year-olds are still alive today,” said Jim Staples, a maritime safety consultant. “Absolutely, they could probably stay four or five days, as long as they have some type of flotation device that's going to help them stay afloat."
There were some reports that the coast guard was calling off the search, but now the official word is that the search will continue for a little while longer.
But it’s a big search area, from Daytona Beach, Florida up the coast to South Carolina.
The coast guard believes the boys were headed to the Bahamas because of posts made on social media.
And now, a friend, Matthew Lavallee, says they may have been caught in a storm. “They put on Snapchat saying ‘peace out Jup’ and I don’t know what that meant to them, but I think they just went out fishing and saw this storm and decided not to come in and thought they were invincible and could conquer it.”
Two families and friends are casting their eyes to the sea, hoping to see the boys come home alive and well.